Indigenous North America: 19th Century Intellectuals

As I read the report accounting the 1911 Society of American Indians conference, I was stricken by the sheer impact of an assembly. This assembly is especially symbolic and rhetorical, but in ways that challenge colonial narratives that mark American Indians as resistant. These proceedings, instead, clearly articulate that cooperation is an essential goal for… Continue Reading Indigenous North America: 19th Century Intellectuals

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An overhead view of Serpent Mound.

Land and Struggle at the Newark Earthworks

In Linking Arms Together: American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1600-1800 Robert Williams surveys the “deeply ingrained negative image of the Indian in the national consciousness,” where American Indians are presented as obstacles to manifest destiny (14). This manifest destiny, to be sure, is nothing more than what Williams calls the Great American Mythology of… Continue Reading Land and Struggle at the Newark Earthworks

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