In A Barren Land

In A Barren Land

American Indian Dispossession and Survival

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
A prize-winning historian tackles the often sensitive issue of how the United States government and white settlers confiscated Native American land for their own use, offering a comprehensive narrative beginning in 1607 and ending in the present day.

A prize-winning historian of America's westward expansion, Paula Mitchell Marks, presents the first comprehensive account of how the United States government and white settlers collaborated to seize the land on which the Native Americans had lived for centuries. Her tragic and appalling story covers all regions of the country, beginning in 1607 and ending in the present. It offers a startling narrative of what happened to this country's original settlers and dramatically illustrates how their attempts to adapt to an alien culture were thwarted by betrayals and power plays that still affect their descendants. The book not only recreates such famous events as the Trail of Tears and the Battle of Little Big Horn, but even more tellingly rediscovers forgotten policies and little-known heroes and villains.

Book News
Inside cover maps of the locations of federally recognized tribes (as of 1990) bracket this chronicle of American Indian cultures under siege from the 17th century onward. Marks (American studies, St. Edwards' U., Austin) views the unsettling of the West from the indigenous perspective. Proponents argue that tribal casinos are the new buffalo in meeting needs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Chronicles how the U.S. government and white settlers took Native American land for their own use

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780688141431
Branch Call Number: 970.004973 Mar
Characteristics: xxiv, 451 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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