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Dispossession by Degrees

Dispossession by Degrees
Indian Land and Identity in Natick, Massachusetts, 1650–1790


Part of Studies in North American Indian History

  • Date Published: May 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521561723

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  • According to Jean O'Brien, Indians did not simply disappear from colonial Natick, Massachusetts as the English extended their domination. Rather, the Indians creatively resisted colonialism, defended their lands, and rebuilt kin networks and community through the strategic use of English cultural practices and institutions. In the late eighteenth century, Natick Indians experienced a process of 'dispossession by degrees' that rendered them invisible within the larger context of the colonial social order, and enabled the construction of the myth of Indian extinction.

    • Reconstructs and analyses Indian land loss, from large tribal cessions to individually sold land
    • Reconstructs eighteenth-century Indian lineages and life histories
    • Analyses changes in the role of land in Indian identity and in colonial ideas of the place of Indians in society
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    • Date Published: May 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521561723
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue: 'My Land': Natick and the Narrative of Indian Extinction
    Chapter 1: Peoples, Land, and Social Order
    Chapter 2: The Sinews and the Flesh: Natick Comes Together, 1650–1675
    Chapter 3: 'Friend Indians': Negotiating Colonial Rules, 1676–1700
    Chapter 4: Divided In Their Desires
    Chapter 5: Interlude: The Proprietary Families
    Chapter 6: 'They Are So Frequently Shifting Their Place Of Residence': Natick Indians, 1741–1790

  • Author

    Jean M. O'Brien, University of Minnesota

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