Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America. (Reviews).Facing East from Indian Country Indian country or Indian Country
1. Indian Territory.
2. Federal reservation lands under Native American tribal jurisdiction. : A Native History of Early America. By Daniel K. Richter (Cambridge: Harvard University Press The Harvard University Press is a publishing house, a division of Harvard University, that is highly respected in academic publishing. It was established on January 13, 1913. In 2005, it published 220 new titles. , 2001. 317 pp. $26.00).
Readers familiar with Daniel Richter's previous work will likely be surprised, as I was, by this new book of his. Richter's well-known study of the Iroquois Confederacy Iroquois Confederacy or Iroquois League (ĭr`əkwoi', –kwä'), North American confederation of indigenous peoples, initially comprising the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca. in the first centuries of European contact European contact may refer to discovery:
Traditional communal dwelling of the Iroquois Indians until the 19th century. The longhouse was a rectangular box built out of poles, with doors at each end and saplings stretched over the top to form the roof, the whole structure being covered with bark. (1992), is so copiously detailed and finely documented that I often find myself treating it like a reference book and more than just a scholarly monograph. Even though Facing East from Indian Country reveals the same masterful grasp of early American history and takes as its particular topic American Indian history, the similarities between the two books stop there. Facing East, by which this book will likely become known and which I suspect was what Richter originally planned for the book's title, is a synthesis of all of eastern North America from the sixteenth century to the early nineteenth century.
Mary Beth Norton's book-jacket blurb blurb
A brief publicity notice, as on a book jacket.
[Coined by Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), American humorist.]
blurb v. is the perfect summary of Facing East's significance: "Beautifully written, this innovative narrative challenges us to look with new eyes at familiar tales and finds important meanings in unfamiliar ones." While Richter's past work has certainly been well-written, Facing East is more informal and playful in style. And Richter makes this distant historical period relevant by frequent, meaningful references to the present. This stylistic approach may have been a ploy to attract a wider reading public, but historians should more often throw off the shackles of pedantry Pedantry
“dry and sandy with working in the graves of deceased languages.” [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]
dull pedant; dreary scholar who marries Dorothea. [Br. Lit. and learn to write and read history as literature. I concur wholeheartedly whole·heart·ed
Marked by unconditional commitment, unstinting devotion, or unreserved enthusiasm: wholehearted approval.
whole with Norton and am stunned by how "beautifully written" this book is. Moreover, Richter has successfully written an accessible book for non-specialists while simultaneously treating scholars to substance and novelty in the ideas. Chapter-by-chapter, the historical literature from which Richter draws his explanations, stories, and example s will be readily identifiable to specialists in the field. He folds this diverse material into a single narrative thread while at the same time suggesting re-interpretations of particular moments in early American history.
The overarching theme of the book is, as the title reveals, to examine European settlement of eastern North America from the vantage-point of the original inhabitants
The game is based loosely on the concepts from SameGame. . The book begins with scenes of initial encounters, which are laced together primarily from Europeans' written descriptions of those encounters and imaginative speculation. A possibly controversial technique, these re-enactments are thoroughly grounded in explanations of how Richter devised them and plausibly depict Indian points of view. Richter's argument is that Indians responded to the arrival of Europeans with curiosity and a willingness to exchange materials and ideas, incorporate European technology and people, and consider how relationships with European settlers could follow multiple paths. By the time of the American Revolution and in the early decades of the New Republic, Euroamericans had opted to exclude Indians from the path blazed by their expansion westward. Interestingly, the early chapters of the book make the first century of European contact seem a mere whiff in the air as Richter pushes back the most significant changes in Indian life to the late-seventeenth century and beyond. The last chapter, "Separate Creations," is the only one to put Euroamericans at the center of the story as the marauding ma·raud
v. ma·raud·ed, ma·raud·ing, ma·rauds
To rove and raid in search of plunder.
To raid or pillage for spoils. Paxton Boys, various diplomats at the Treaty of Paris The Treaty of Paris of 1783 ended the U.S. Revolutionary War and granted the thirteen colonies political independence. A preliminary treaty between Great Britain and the United States was signed in 1782, but the final agreement was not signed until September 3, 1783. (1783), Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson all envisioned a world empty of an Indian presence. To close with an Indian voice, the epilogue uses the early-nineteenth century writings of Pequot Indian William Apess to give a critical overview of how Europeans claimed for themselves an "American" identity and history.
Facing East from Indian Country will appeal to non-specialists, a general public, and students as well as to scholars in the field. It is precisely the kind of book that could succeed at realizing Richter's longstanding crusade to earn for American Indian history a vital place in the larger narrative of American history.