American Indians/American Presidents: A History National Museum of the American Indian

ISBN: 9780061466533

Published: August 11th 2009


288 pages


American Indians/American Presidents: A History  by  National Museum of the American Indian

American Indians/American Presidents: A History by National Museum of the American Indian
August 11th 2009 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: 9780061466533 | 9.28 Mb

When the American colonies defeated Britain during the War for Independence, Native American leaders began to establish diplomatic relations with the new nation.Here, for the first time, is the little-known history of American Indians and American presidents, what they said and felt about one another, and what their words tell us about the history of the United States.

Focused on major turning points in Native American history, these pages show how American Indians interpreted the power and prestige of the presidency, and advanced their own agenda for tribal sovereignty, from the age of George Washington to the present day.In addition to exploring a pantheon of Indian leaders, from Little Turtle to Robert Yellowtail, this book also provides new—and often unexpected—perspectives on the presidents. Thomas Jefferson, traditionally portrayed as the Indians friend, emerges as a master of the art of Indian dispossession.

Richard Nixon, long-tarnished by the Watergate scandal, was in reality a champion of tribal self-determination—a position that sprang, in part, from his Quaker origins.Using inaugural addresses, proclamations, Indian Agency records, private correspondence, memoirs, petitions, photographs, and objects from the collections of the Smithsonians National Museum of the American Indian, American Indians/American Presidents illuminates the relationship between these diverse leaders, the Native Americans commitment to tribal self-determination, and the social, geographic, and political evolution of the United States over more than two centuries.

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