Surviving Genocide Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas Jeffrey Ostler

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
09 Jul 2019
ISBN:
9780300218121
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
528 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
49 b-w illus.

In the first part of this sweeping two-volume history, Jeffrey Ostler investigates how American democracy relied on Indian dispossession and the federally sanctioned use of force to remove or slaughter Indians in the way of U.S. expansion. He charts the losses that Indians suffered from relentless violence and upheaval and the attendant effects of disease, deprivation, and exposure. This volume centers on the eastern United States from the 1750s to the start of the Civil War.
 
An authoritative contribution to the history of the United States’ violent path toward building a continental empire, this ambitious and well-researched book deepens our understanding of the seizure of indigenous lands, including the use of treaties to create the appearance of Native consent to dispossession. Ostler also carefully documents the resilience of Native people, showing how they survived genocide by creating alliances, defending their towns, and rebuilding their communities.

Jeffrey Ostler is Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History at the University of Oregon and the author of The Lakotas and the Black Hills and The Plains Sioux and U.S. Colonialism from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee. He lives in Eugene, OR.

"Jeffrey Ostler's Surviving Genocide covers a full century and a huge swath of territory but is never less than comprehensive. This is benchmark history at its best."—John Mack Faragher, Yale University
 


“Stunning in its depth of research and scope of learning, Surviving Genocide brings a new level of sophistication to the study of the U.S.’s ‘Indian wars,’ revealing the genocidal impulse at the conflicts’ core as well as the Native ingenuity that prevented an even more profound loss of life and land.”—Karl Jacoby, author of Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History