Conspiracy of interests : Iroquois dispossession and the rise of New York State /
Laurence M. Hauptman.
1st ed.
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1999.
xix, 304 p. : ill., maps.
0815605471 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1999.
0815605471 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Author Affiliation
Laurence M. Hauptman is professor of history at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Author Affiliation
Laurence M. Hauptman is professor of history at the State University of New York at New Paltz He has worked for the Wisconsin Oneidas, the Mashantucket Pequots, and the Seneca Nation of Indians as a historical consultant, and in 1997 he received an award of commendation from the Seneca Nation for his expert testimony that contributed to congressional legislation in the Seneca-Salamanca lease controversy. In 1987 and again in 1998, Hauptman received the Peter Doctor Memorial Indian Scholarship Foundation Award for distinguished service in his research and writings on American Indians.
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Conspiracy is an appropriate word to describe what went on in the state of New York during the first half of the 19th century. As early as the 1790s, politicians coordinated efforts with entrepreneurial groups to separate the Six Nations of the Iroquois League from their tribal lands. Opportunists such as Robert Morris, Peter Buell Porter, Philip Schuyler, and Governor George Clinton professed friendships with the Iroquois and then enriched themselves from the Indians' misfortunes. For instance, the Oneida reservation was reduced to a mere 32 acres; a majority of the tribe had to move to Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario to begin new lives. Ironically, this massive land fraud stands in marked contrast to the usual glorification of canal building, and to a lesser extent road and railroad construction, within the Empire State. Hauptman, a recognized authority on the Iroquois, continues where his earlier books left off, and he especially draws attention to the questionable "state treaties" of the 1780s and 1790s. With a critical eye on the documentary evidence and an artful pen for relating the story, he brings the complicated tale to a level that can be understood and appreciated by a broad reading audience. All levels. M. L. Tate; University of Nebraska at Omaha
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As NY State grew in the period between the American revolution and the mid-19th century, the Iroquois Indians were gradually displaced and forced to move West. Drawing on a variety of sources, this study tells their story.
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The period between the American Revolution and the middle nineteenth century dramatically changed New York State and the Iroquois.Upstate metropolises -- Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo -- were founded and soon witnessed a phenomenal growth, making New York State one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. This development led to the displacement of the Iroquois. Initially, state officials attempted to force the Indians west. In his new book, Laurence M. Hauptman shows how state transportation interests, land speculating companies, and national defense policies worked to undermine the Iroquois. When forced removal of the Indians failed, Albany officials pushed for jurisdiction over the Indians, including attempts to tax them.Hauptman goes beyond simply recounting the tragedy that befell the Indians in New York. He includes memoirs and letters of gazetteers, travelers' accounts, tribal records, personal correspondence, and Indian petitions to Albany and Washington -- eloquent documents that reveal a rich culture in crisis.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. xi
Figuresp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Introduction: Ditches, Defense, and Dispossessionp. 1
The Oneida Country: Gateway to the West
The Oneida Carrying Placep. 27
The Good Indians at the Crossroadsp. 34
Trust Mep. 58
Vision Questp. 82
Silent Partnersp. 88
The Seneca Country: The Holy Grail
The Lake Effectp. 101
The Bashaw of the Borderp. 121
Genesee Feverp. 144
The Disciplep. 162
The Bucktails Stop Herep. 175
The Incorporation, 1838-1857p. 191
Conclusion: The Iroquois Indians and the Rise of the Empire Statep. 213
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 293
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