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The Indians in American Society By Francis Paul Prucha

The Indians in American Society
by Francis Paul Prucha

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The legal status of American Indians rests on the historical treaty relationship between Indian tribes and the federal government. But there is no comprehensive history of these treaties and their role in American life. Based on an analysis of various treaties, this book provides an understanding of the legal dilemma.
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The Indians in American Society: From the Revolutionary War to the Present by Francis Paul Prucha

American Indian affairs are much in the public mind today - hotly contested debates over such issues as Indian fishing rights, land claims, and reservation gambling hold our attention. While the unique legal status of American Indians rests on the historical treaty relationship between Indian tribes and the federal government, until now there has been no comprehensive history of these treaties and their role in American life. Francis Paul Prucha, a leading authority on the history of American Indian affairs, argues that the treaties were a political anomaly from the very beginning.The term "treaty" implies a contract between sovereign independent nations, yet Indians were always in a position of inequality and dependence as negotiators, a fact that complicates their current attempts to regain their rights and tribal sovereignty. Prucha's impeccably researched book, based on a close analysis of every treaty, makes possible a thorough understanding of a legal dilemma whose legacy is so palpably felt today.

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About Francis Paul Prucha


Francis Paul Prucha, S.J. is Professor Emeritus of Histor at Marquette University. Among his many books is The Indians in American Society: From the Revolutionary War to the Present (California, 1985).

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations Preface Abbreviations Used in Footnotes Introduction: The Anomaly of Indian Treaties PART ONE. A TREATY SYSTEM 1. The Revolutionary War Years 2. Treaties of Peace after the Revolution 3. Treaty-Making Procedures under the Constitution 4. Confirming the Procedures: Other Treaties in the 1790s PART TWO. INSTRUMENTS OF FEDERAL POLICY 5. Testing the Treaty System: 1800 to the War of 1812 6. A Position of Dominance: The War of 1812 and After 7. Indian Removal and the Debate about Treaty Making 8. The Removal Period in the North 9. Patterns in Treaty Making 10. Treaties in the Expanding West 11. The Civil War Decade PART THREE. DETERIORATION 12. The End of Treaty Making 13. Treaty Substitutes 14. The Collapse of the Treaty System PART FOUR. RENEWAL: THE TWENTIETH CENTURY 15. Treaties in the New Century 16. Treaties before the Supreme Court 17. Treaty-Rights Activism Appendices Index Picture Credits

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GOR003643521
The Indians in American Society: From the Revolutionary War to the Present by Francis Paul Prucha
Francis Paul Prucha
Quantum Books
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of California Press
1992-07-01
144
0520063449
9780520063440
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