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Winning the West with Words

James Joseph Buss

University of Oklahoma Press

2800 Venture Drive, Norman OK 73069

9780806142142, $34.95,

Winning the West with Words: Language and Conquest in the Lower Great Lakes explores how 19th century Anglo-Americans used language and rhetoric to claim cultural ownership of the Lower Great Lakes region. It comes from a historian who uses literary studies combined with anthropology to consider images of pioneers and Indians used by American settlers to support their vision of an empty landscape in which they established governments and settlements, showing how this approach replaced a more complex vision of cooperation and encounters between the different groups. From travel journals and treaty ceremonies to newspapers and local histories, this provides an outstanding survey recommended for any literary and Native American history holding.

The People of the Standing Stone

Karim M. Tiro

University of Massachusetts Press

Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004

9781558498907, $26.95,

The People of the Standing Stone focuses on the Oneida nation from the Revolution through the Era of Removal, and blends scholarly historical examination with a narrative that analyzes the tribe's traumas, tribulations, and involvement with the revolutionaries. The revolution sparked a division in the tribe as they tried to help the patriots while tried to avoid harming their Iroquois brethren. Their reward for loyalty was to be dispossessed of nearly all their lands through treaties with New York. Any Native American history holding needs this well-researched account!

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Title Annotation:Winning the West with Words: Language and Conquest in the Lower Great Lakes; The People of the Standing Stone
Publication:The Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 1, 2012
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