A collection of essays by renowned scholars of Native American economic history, The Other Side of the Frontier presents one of the first in-depth studies of the complex interaction between the history of Native American economic development and the economic development of the United States at large. Although recent trends in the field of economics have encouraged the study of minority groups such as Asians and African Americans, little work has been done in Native American economic history. This text fills an existing gap in economic history literature and will help students come to a richer understanding of the effects that U.S. economic policy has had on the culture and development of its indigenous peoples.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Editor’s Introduction: Native Americans and U.S. Economic History -- Pre-Colonial Civilizations -- Introduction -- Economy, Ecology, and Institutions in the Emergence of Humankind -- The Mississippians and Economic Development Before European Colonization -- Institutional Change in the Indian Horse Culture -- Trade and Colonial Economies -- Introduction -- Property Rights and Competition in the Depletion of the Beaver -- The Eighteenth-Century Southeastern American Indian Economy -- Westward Expansion -- Introduction -- Could the Cherokee Have Survived in the Southeast? -- Land, Population, Prices, and the Regulation of Natural Resources -- The Political Economy of Indian Wars -- Twentieth-Century Federalism -- Introduction -- The Economics and Politics of Irrigation Projects on Indian Reservations, 1900–1940 -- The Political Economy of the Hawaiian Home Lands Program