Indians in American Society From the Revolutionary War to the Present

ISBN-10: 0520063449

ISBN-13: 9780520063440

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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.
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List price: $23.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/25/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

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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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