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Savages and scoundrels : the untold story of America's road to empire through Indian Territory / Paul VanDevelder.

By: VanDevelder, Paul.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale Univ. Press, ©2009Description: 1 online resource (xx, 322 pages) : illustrations, map.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780300142501; 0300142501.Other title: Savages & scoundrels [Cover title].Subject(s): Indians of North America -- Government relations | Indians of North America -- Land tenureAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Savages and scoundrels.DDC classification: 323.1197 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Redeeming Eden -- Savages and scoundrels -- White men in paradise -- Pioneers of the world -- The great smoke -- Monsters of God.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-303) and index.

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Redeeming Eden -- Savages and scoundrels -- White men in paradise -- Pioneers of the world -- The great smoke -- Monsters of God.

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Journalist VanDevelder lucidly examines the broad historic, cultural, and legal context and legacy of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 between the U.S. government and Plains Indian nations. This book is a direct outgrowth of-and best as a companion book to-the author's Pulitzer Prize-nominated Coyote Warrior, which dealt with the construction of the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River homelands of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara nations in North Dakota, the dam's impact upon these Indian peoples being the starting and ending points of this new work as well. In contrast to Stan Hoig's White Man's Paper Trail: Grand Councils and Treaty Making on the Central Plains, which offers a strong Texas and Southern Plains perspective of the Fort Laramie treaties, VanDevelder maintains a Northern Plains touchstone. He primarily recounts Manifest Destiny as the national policy that produced the American empire at the expense of Indian nations and explicates it through the persons of Presidents Washington and Jackson and, of most distinct interest, mountain man Thomas Fitzpatrick, as well as tribal leader Martin Cross. Recommended for informed readers.-Nathan E. Bender, Univ. of Idaho, Moscow (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Journalist VanDevelder offers a refreshingly new intellectual and legalistic approach to the complex relations between European Americans and Native Americans. Following a brief assessment of 16th-century European attitudes about property rights, the author assumes a chronological approach from the initial policy formulations of the Founding Fathers to the Civil War. George Washington first articulated the hypocritical stance of the young nation, which preached tolerance while simultaneously championing white expansion over aboriginal rights. But it was Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson who created the greatest impetus for the removal of eastern tribes to the unfamiliar habitat of the Trans-Mississippi West. VanDevelder's greatest contribution is his detailed focus on the 1851 Horse Creek Treaty and its impact on more than a dozen Plains and Missouri River tribes. Unlike future treaties that forced land transfers on the tribes, this one dealt with issues of amity and commerce to reduce tensions between whites and Indians, as well as among the tribes themselves. The book concludes with the modern story of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara peoples of North Dakota, who were victimized by the Pick-Sloan Plan, which flooded great expanses of their reservation during the 1960s. This superlative work deserves close attention by adult readers of all levels. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. M. L. Tate University of Nebraska at Omaha

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