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The authors or editors of numerous books about Native Americans and Native American studies, Littlefield and Parins (director and associate director, respectively, Sequoyah National Research Ctr., Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock) have produced a concise two-volume encyclopedia about a dark chapter in the history of this country and its native peoples. Volume 1 provides a time line for Indian removal, essays about geographic regions and laws pertaining to Indian removal, as well as a discussion of the affected individuals and tribes. The essays were written by 16 scholars from a variety of disciplines, and each includes a section for further reading with a list of books, articles, or websites. Volume 2 compiles primary-source documents related to Indian removal in three parts. The first covers Indian removal policy, the second responses to that policy, and the last the removals themselves. Document excerpts are followed by brief analysis. At the end of Volume 2 is an extensive annotated bibliography and index. BOTTOM LINE Clear, concise, and well researched, this set provides an excellent overview of a notorious era in American history. Any student of American history will find this set a valuable source of information; recommended for the reference collection of any library.-Diane Fulkerson, Univ. of South Florida-Polytechnic, Lakeland (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The editors (both, Sequoyah National Research Center, Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock; coeditors of Native American Writing in the Southeast, CH, Apr'96, 33-4362) focus this work on the removal period that began following the passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 by the US Congress. Volume 1 comprises approximately 125 alphabetically arranged entries that illuminate events, pertinent issues, and key individuals. The second volume is a collection of primary documents designed to supplement the entries in the first volume. Unfortunately, not all pertinent treaties are included; the editors opted to exclude those they deemed easy to find on the Internet. Although they include removals from throughout the US, the set gives a disproportionate emphasis to the removal of the Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and Seminoles from the Southeast. For a comprehensive collection of treaties, readers should consider Documents of American Indian Diplomacy: v. 1-2: Treaties, Agreements, and Conventions, 1775-1979, by Vine Deloria Jr. and Raymond DeMallie. This new encyclopedia will be useful for undergraduate libraries supporting programs in American history or Native American studies. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers. J. R. Burch Jr. Campbellsville University
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<p> Daniel F. Littlefield, Jr. , is director of the Sequoyah Research Center at University of Arkansas at Little Rock.</p> <p> James W. Parins is professor of English and director of the American Native Press Archives at University of Arkansas at Little Rock.</p>