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Author Witgen, Michael John, author

Title Seeing red : Indigenous land, American expansion, and the political economy of plunder in North America / Michael John Witgen
Published Williamsburg, Virginia : Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture ; Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2022]


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 366 pages) : illustrations
Contents Prologue: The Indian Liberating Army: Re-imagining Native Identity in Colonial North America -- Introduction: Indian Country and the Origins of the United States -- A nation of settlers -- Indigenous homelands and American homesteads -- The civilizing mission, women's labor, and the mixed-race families of the Old Northwest -- Justice weighed in two scales -- Indigenous land and black lives: the politics of exclusion and privilege in the Old Northwest -- Conclusion: Chief Buffalo Goes to Washington
Summary "Against long odds, the Anishinaabeg resisted removal, retaining thousands of acres of their homeland in what is now Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Their success rested partly on their roles as sellers of natural resources and buyers of trade goods, which made them key players in the political economy of plunder that drove white settlement and U.S. development in the Old Northwest. But, as Michael Witgen demonstrates, the credit for Native persistence rested with the Anishinaabeg themselves. Outnumbering white settlers well into the nineteenth century, they leveraged their political savvy to advance a dual citizenship that enabled mixed-race tribal members to lay claim to a place in U.S. civil society. Telling the stories of mixed-race traders and missionaries, tribal leaders and territorial governors, Witgen challenges our assumptions about the inevitability of U.S. expansion. Deeply researched and passionately written, Seeing Red will command attention from readers who are invested in the enduring issues of equality, equity, and national belonging at its core"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Algonquian Indians -- Northwest, Old -- Government relations
Algonquian Indians -- Treaties -- History -- 19th century
Ojibwa Indians -- Northwest, Old
Ottawa Indians -- Northwest, Old
Potawatomi Indians -- Northwest, Old
Settler colonialism -- Economic aspects -- Northwest, Old
Racially mixed people -- Northwest, Old -- Politics and government
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
Ojibwa Indians.
Ottawa Indians.
Potawatomi Indians.
Race relations.
Territorial expansion.
SUBJECT Northwest, Old -- History -- 1775-1865.
United States -- Territorial expansion.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century
Subject United States.
United States -- Old Northwest.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
Author Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, issuing body.
LC no. 2021038335
ISBN 9781469664866