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Exiles and Pioneers
Eastern Indians in the Trans-Mississippi West

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Part of Studies in North American Indian History

  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521674195

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  • Exiles and Pioneers analyzes the removal and post-removal histories of Shawnee, Delaware, Wyandot, and Potawatomi Indians. The book argues that the experience of these eastern Indians from the late 1700s to the 1860s was at its core a struggle over geographic and political place within the expanding United States. Even as American expansion limited the geographic scope of Indian lands, the extension of American territories and authority raised important questions about the political status of these Indians as individuals as well as nations within the growing republic. More specifically, the national narrative and even the prominent images of Indian removal cast the eastern Indians as exiles who were constantly pushed beyond the edges of American settlement. This study proposes that ineffective federal policies and ongoing debates within Indian communities also cast some of these eastern Indians as pioneers, unwilling trailblazers in the development of the United States.

    • Presents an alternative view of removal to the Cherokee Trail of Tears
    • Utilizes a multi-tribal perspective instead of that of a single Indian nation
    • Intertwines American Indian history with prominent aspects of nineteenth-century American history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Recommended." -Choice

    "...readers interested in the settlement of the American Midwest in the nineteeth century by both Euro-American and American Indian migrants will learn a great deal from Exiles and Pioneers."

    "...a refreshingly complex picture of removal, a subject too often reduced to a simple story of Indian victimization at the hands of federal officals." -Andrew Denson, Journal of American Ethnic History

    Exiles and Pioneers is a long overdue treatment of the ninteenth-century transition of the Shawnees, Delawares, Wyandots, and Potawatomis as they faced removal from their homelands in the Midwest and resettled in their new homelands in Kansas." -Robbie Ethridge, Western Historical Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521674195
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.396kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. From the Great Lakes to the Prairie Plains:
    1. Border and corrider: Shawnees, Delawares, and the Mississippi River
    2. Potawatomis, Delawares, and Indian removal in the Great Lakes
    Part II. Becoming Border Indians:
    3. Borderling subsistence and western adaptations
    4. Eastern council fires in the West
    5. Joseph Parks, William Walker, and the politics of change
    Part III. From Kansas to exile:
    6. Subtraction through division: Delawares, Wyandots, and the struggle for Kansas territory
    7. Power on the western front: Shawnee and Potawatomi Indians in Kansas
    Epilogue: life after exile.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • American Indian History
  • Author

    John P. Bowes, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
    John P. Bowes is an Assistant Professor in Native American History at Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Bowes received a B.A. in history from Yale University and completed both his M.A. and PhD in history at the University of California at Los Angeles. After receiving his doctorate and prior to starting at Eastern Kentucky University, he spent two years as the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American Studies at Dartmouth College.

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