Unspeakable Sadness The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians

ISBN-10: 0803297955

ISBN-13: 9780803297951

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Description: Of all the interactions between American Indians and Euro-Americans, none was as fundamental as the acquisition of the indigenous peoples’ lands. To Euro-Americans this takeover of lands was seen as a natural right, an evolution to a higher use; to American Indians the loss of homelands was a tragedy involving also a loss of subsistence, a loss of history, and a loss of identity. Historical geographer David J. Wishart tells the story of the dispossession process as it affected the Nebraska Indians—Otoe-Missouria, Ponca, Omaha, and Pawnee—over the course of the nineteenth century. Working from primary documents, and including American Indian voices, Wishart analyzes the spatial and ecological repercussions of dispossession. Maps give the spatial context of dispossession, showing how Indian societies were restricted to ever smaller territories where American policies of social control were applied with increasing intensity. Graphs of population loss serve as reference lines for the narrative, charting the declining standards of living over the century of dispossession. Care is taken to support conclusions with empirical evidence, including, for example, specific details of how much the Indians were paid for their lands. The story is told in a language that is free from jargon and is accessible to a general audience.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 7/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 309
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Lands And Lifestyles of The Nebraska Indians at The Beginning of The Nineteenth Century
Forces Of Intervention 1800-1854
Twilight Of Independence 1800-1854
Restriction To Reservations 1854-1861
Life on The Reservations In the 1860s
Hemmed In And Forced Out 1870-1885
Postscript: Twentieth- Century Reappraisal
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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