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Tribe, Race, History: Native Americans in Southern New England, 1780-1880
     

Tribe, Race, History: Native Americans in Southern New England, 1780-1880

by Daniel R. Mandell
 

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Tribe, Race, History examines American Indian communities in southern New England between the Revolution and Reconstruction, when Indians lived in the region’s socioeconomic margins, moved between semiautonomous communities and towns, and intermarried extensively with blacks and whites.

Drawing from a wealth of primary documentation, Daniel R.

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Tribe, Race, History examines American Indian communities in southern New England between the Revolution and Reconstruction, when Indians lived in the region’s socioeconomic margins, moved between semiautonomous communities and towns, and intermarried extensively with blacks and whites.

Drawing from a wealth of primary documentation, Daniel R. Mandell centers his study on ethnic boundaries, particularly how those boundaries were constructed, perceived, and crossed. He analyzes connections and distinctions between Indians and their non-Indian neighbors with regard to labor, landholding, government, and religion; examines how emerging romantic depictions of Indians (living and dead) helped shape a unique New England identity; and looks closely at the causes and results of tribal termination in the region after the Civil War.

Shedding new light on regional developments in class, race, and culture, this groundbreaking study is the first to consider all Native Americans throughout southern New England.

Editorial Reviews

Connecticut History
"This is a book that every scholar of Native Americans should own. The research is deep and thorough. The book makes excellent reading for a senior or honors class or a graduate class. The citations to sources are invaluable"

Historical Journal of Massachusetts
"An impressive, timely and thoroughly researched piece of scholarship."

Massachusetts Historical Review
"Mandell carefully reconstructs what the historical records tell us about how these communities adapted to the environments of their non-Native neighbors and states while maintaining regional ties withother Native communities... His detailed recording of these tribes and individuals shows that they did not disappear but were ignored when they no longer fit the new paradigm of 'Indian' shared by most Americans."

New England Quarterly
"Reveals the complex and hitherto poorly understood internal dynamics at play within these communities... an innovative work of cultural history."

American Historical Review - Jenny Pulsipher
"Mandell has made a very valuable contribution to our understanding of Native American history in a period long overlooked."

Journal of American History - Thomas D. Hall
"A carefully crafted, well-researched book... This review does not do justice to this rich account of the complex interactions of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in the survival of native peoples."

Journal of Interdisciplinary History - Rachel Wheeler
"Mandell's superb book on a long-neglected subject should affect the way the larger narrative of this era of American history is written."

Journal of American Ethnic History - Christopher J. Bilodeau
"A wide-ranging, intricately argued, and thoroughly researched book. It is well written and historiographically significant, and Mandell's nineteen-page essay on the source materials a the end of the volume is a boon for scholars. Overall, Mandell has produced an outstanding addition to the field of American Indian history in New England."

H-SHEAR, H-Net Reviews - George Price
"Consummate and exemplary researcher, Daniel Mandell has once again filled some significant gaps in our collective knowledge on the history of New England Native Americans... Very useful to the growing number of historians of this genre for generations to come. It will be a catalyst for many vital discussions and hopefully provoke some very important new research and writing."

Journal of Social History - D. Elliotte Draegor
"An ambitious book."

New England Quarterly - Brian D. Carroll
"The work will become the starting point for any serious research on New England Native Americans in the nineteenth century. Well-grounded in current historiography, it will probe equally helpful in undergraduate and graduate courses by providing necessary counterpoint to the experiences of the Native Americans in other regions during the era while supplying a useful and readable commentary on American society and culture from a minority perspective."

Choice
"Outstanding work... The book is filled with gems... Highly recommended."

Journal of Social History
An ambitious book.

— D. Elliotte Draegor

American Historical Review
Mandell has made a very valuable contribution to our understanding of Native American history in a period long overlooked.

— Jenny Pulsipher

Journal of American History
A carefully crafted, well-researched book... This review does not do justice to this rich account of the complex interactions of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in the survival of native peoples.

— Thomas D. Hall

Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Mandell's superb book on a long-neglected subject should affect the way the larger narrative of this era of American history is written.

— Rachel Wheeler

Journal of American Ethnic History
A wide-ranging, intricately argued, and thoroughly researched book. It is well written and historiographically significant, and Mandell's nineteen-page essay on the source materials a the end of the volume is a boon for scholars. Overall, Mandell has produced an outstanding addition to the field of American Indian history in New England.

— Christopher J. Bilodeau

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801898198
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science , #125
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Joseph A. Conforti

A detailed, richly textured social history of Native people. Mandell accomplishes more than reconstructing and narrating the social history of tribal groups over the course of a century. He examines how Native social relations and collective consciousness revolved around complicated and adaptable racial and ethnic identities and consistently situates his analysis of Native life in the larger contexts of New England and American social and cultural history.

Joseph A. Conforti, author of Saints and Strangers: New England in British North America

Meet the Author

Daniel R. Mandell is a professor of history at Truman State University and the author of Behind the Frontier: Indians in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts.

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