American Nations: Encounters in Indian Country, 1850 to the Present, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

American Nations

Encounters in Indian Country, 1850 to the Present, 1st Edition

Edited by Frederick Hoxie, Peter Mancall, James Merrell


520 pages | 20 Color Illus.

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pub: 2001-08-15
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This volume brings together an impressive collection of important works covering nearly every aspect of early Native American history, from contact and exchange to diplomacy, religion, warfare, and disease.


"Twenty-three essays by academics consider the historical, cultural, religious, and political circumstances of various Native American peoples." -- Publishers Weekly

"…these essays illuminate the experiences of different Native American groups as they have maintained their unique ethnic identities while dealing with the U.S. government…this work is highly recommended for public libraries and is absolutely essential for all academic libraries supporting programs in Native American studies or American History." -- Library Journal

"The collection contains rich empirical detail about cross-cultural encounters including case studies of warfare, criminal justice, trade, music, dances, shamanism, and witchcraft that could be usefully compared to similar episodes in other settler colony histories…For scholars and teachers interested in colonialism as a historical process, the sections on reservation cultures, gender, and cultural change offer the most developed and theoretically informed contributions

-Doris E. Janiewski, for the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History."

About the Editors

James Merrell is the Lucy Maynard Professor at Vassar College. His books include The Indians' New World, the winner of the Bancroft and Frederick Jackson Turner prizes, and Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Colonial Pennsylvania Frontier. Peter Mancall is Professor of History at the University of Southern California. His book, Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in History. Frederick Hoxie is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His books include A Final Promise: The Campaign to Assimilate Indians, 1880-1920 and Parading Through History: The Making of the Crow Nation in America.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia