The Indians in American society : from the revolutionary war to the present /
Francis Paul Prucha.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985.
ix, 127 p. --
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985.
contents note
Paternalism -- Dependency -- Indian rights -- Self-determination.
general note
Essays presented as the Gasson lectures at Boston College on Nov. 30, 1983, Mar. 14, 1984, Nov. 7, 1984, and Mar. 13, 1985.
Includes index.
catalogue key
Bibliography: p. [105]-117.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-06:
In four finely crafted essays, originally delivered between 1983 and 1985 as the Thomas I. Gasson Lectures at Boston College, Prucha (Marquette University) has written a valuable study for general readers as well as specialists in the field. Taking certain themes from his comprehensive study, The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians (CH, May '85), Prucha argues persuasively that the paternalism of the federal government, though largely benevolent in intention, nevertheless gave rise to Indian dependency. Native American tribes, once sovereign and self-sufficient, lost or surrendered their autonomy. By the end of the 19th century, most Indians were living as wards of the government. To end Indian wardship, government officials and humanitarians advocated assimilation into mainstream American society. The methods of forced assimilation, however, could not overcome the deep commitments of Native Americans to their cultures. In the 20th century, abandonment of forced assimilation in favor of Indian self-determination has not ended dependency. Prucha believes that there is a recurrent paradox at the heart of federal Indian policy. If the government retains ``trust responsibility'' for Indian programs, it must maintain some control of them; and federal control negates full tribal self-determination. College, university, and public libraries.-L.G. Moses, Northern Arizona University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1985-12:
Noted historian Prucha originally presented these four essays on white paternalism, Indian dependency, Indian rights, and self-determination as formal lectures. He distills Native American history into these themes, rejecting theories of ruthless white aggression. These essays work as introductory sketches on a narrow focus of Indian-white relations; serious students will want to read his sources for in-depth treatments. Recommended for academic and public libraries. Susan Hamburger, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
American Indian affairs are much in the public mind today--hotly contested debates over such issues as Indian fishing rights, land claims, and reservation gambling hold our attention. While the unique legal status of American Indians rests on the historical treaty relationship between Indian tribes and the federal government, until now there has been no comprehensive history of these treaties and their role in American life. Francis Paul Prucha, a leading authority on the history of American Indian affairs, argues that the treaties were a political anomaly from the very beginning. The term "treaty" implies a contract between sovereign independent nations, yet Indians were always in a position of inequality and dependence as negotiators, a fact that complicates their current attempts to regain their rights and tribal sovereignty. Prucha's impeccably researched book, based on a close analysis of every treaty, makes possible a thorough understanding of a legal dilemma whose legacy is so palpably felt today.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Preface Abbreviations Used in Footnotes Introduction: The Anomaly of Indian Treaties
A Treaty System
The Revolutionary War Years
Treaties of Peace after the Revolution
Treaty-Making Procedures under the Constitution
Confirming the Procedures: Other Treaties in the 1790s
Instruments Of Federal Policy
Testing the Treaty System: 1800 to the War of 1812
A Position of Dominance: The War of 1812 and After
Indian Removal and the Debate about Treaty Making
The Removal Period in the North
Patterns in Treaty Making
Treaties in the Expanding West
The Civil War Decade
The End of Treaty Making
Treaty Substitutes
The Collapse of the Treaty System
Renewal: The Twentieth Century
Treaties in the New Century
Treaties before the Supreme Court
Treaty-Rights Activism
Index Picture Credits
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