The Boundaries Between Us: Natives and Newcomers Along the Frontiers of the Old Northwest Territory, 1750-1850

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Daniel P. Barr
Kent State University Press, 2006 - History - 261 pages
Although much has been written about the Old Northwest, The Boundaries between Us fills a void in this historical literature by examining the interaction between Euro-Americans and native peoples and their struggles to gain control of the region and its vast resources. Comprised of twelve original essays, The Boundaries between Us formulates a comprehensive perspective on the history and significance of the contest for control of the Old Northwest. The essays examine the socio cultural contexts in which natives and newcomers lived, tradod, negotiated, interacted, and fought, delineating the articulations of power and possibility, difference and identity, violence and war that shaped the struggle. The essays do not attempt to present a unified interpretation but, rather, focus on both specific and general topics, revisit and reinterpret well-known events, and underscore how cultural, political, and ideological antagonisms divided the native inhabitants from the newcomers. Together, these thoughtful analyses offer a broad historical perspective on nearly a century of contact, interaction, conflict, and displacement. the history of early America, the frontier, and cultural interaction.
 

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Contents

The Shawnees and the English
1
This Land Is Ours and Not Yours
25
We Speak as One People
44
The Indians Our Real Friends
66
Two Paths to Peace
87
A Superior Civilization
118
Three Men from Three Rivers
143
Negotiating Law on the Frontier
161
Justice and Public Policy
178
Bringing About the Dawn
196
A Perfect Apollo
219
Bibliography
236
Contributors
255
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