Say We Are Nations: Documents of Politics and Protest in Indigenous America since 1887

Say We Are Nations: Documents of Politics and Protest in Indigenous America since 1887

by Daniel M. Cobb

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In this wide-ranging and carefully curated anthology, Daniel M. Cobb presents the words of Indigenous people who have shaped Native American rights movements from the late nineteenth century through the present day. Presenting essays, letters, interviews, speeches, government documents, and other testimony, Cobb shows how tribal leaders, intellectuals, and activists deployed a variety of protest methods over more than a century to demand Indigenous sovereignty. As these documents show, Native peoples have adopted a wide range of strategies in this struggle, invoking "American" and global democratic ideas about citizenship, freedom, justice, consent of the governed, representation, and personal and civil liberties while investing them with indigenized meanings.

The more than fifty documents gathered here are organized chronologically and thematically for ease in classroom and research use. They address the aspirations of Indigenous nations and individuals within Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska as well as the continental United States, placing their activism in both national and international contexts. The collection's topical breadth, analytical framework, and emphasis on unpublished materials offer students and scholars new sources with which to engage and explore American Indian thought and political action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469624808
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/02/2015
Series: H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Daniel M. Cobb is associate professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Say We Are Nations provides a new and nuanced window into the twentieth-century Native American political and intellectual world.—Paul Rosier, Villanova University

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