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Author Witgen, Michael J., author.

Title Seeing Red Indigenous Land, American Expansion, and the Political Economy of Plunder in North America / Michael John Witgen
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2022]
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 0000
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Description 1 online resource (pages cm)
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents 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
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
Notes "... I [author Michael John Witgen] use the term Anishinaabeg for the Great Lakes people also known as the Odawaag, Ojibweg, and Boodewaadamiig even though these same people most often are presented in historical sources as Ottawas, Chippewas, and Potawatomi and are written about generically as Algonquian"--Author's Note on terminology
Contains appendix: "Summaries of select treaties between the United States and Indigenous nations in the Old Northwest, 1795-1855."
Description based on print version record
Subject Algonquian Indians -- Treaties -- History -- 19th century
Algonquian Indians -- Northwest, Old -- Government relations
Ojibwa Indians -- Northwest, Old
Ottawa Indians -- Northwest, Old
Potawatomi Indians -- Northwest, Old
Racially mixed people -- Northwest, Old -- Politics and government
Settler colonialism -- Economic aspects -- Northwest, Old
HISTORY / United States / General.
Ojibwa Indians.
Ottawa Indians.
Potawatomi Indians.
Race relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / Native American Studies.
Territorial expansion.
Northwest, Old -- History -- 1775-1865.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century
United States -- Territorial expansion.
United States -- Old Northwest.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, issuing body.
Project Muse. distributor.
LC no. 2021038335
ISBN 1469664844