9780674027206

Violence over the Land

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  • ISBN13:

    9780674027206

  • ISBN10:

    0674027205

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/30/2008
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr

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Summary

American Indians remain familiar as icons, yet poorly understood as historical agents. In this ambitious book that ranges across Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and eastern California (a region known as the Great Basin), Ned Blackhawk places Native peoples squarely at the center of a dynamic and complex story as he chronicles two centuries of Indian and imperial history that profoundly shaped the American West.On the distant margins of empire, Great Basin Indians increasingly found themselves engulfed in the chaotic storms of European expansion and responded in ways that refashioned themselves and those around them. Focusing on Ute, Paiute, and Shoshone Indians, Blackhawk illuminates this history through a lens of violence, excavating the myriad impacts of colonial expansion. Brutal networks of trade and slavery forged the Spanish borderlands, and the use of violence became for many Indians a necessary survival strategy, particularly after Mexican Independence when many became raiders and slave traffickers. Throughout such violent processes, these Native communities struggled to adapt to their changing environments, sometimes scoring remarkable political ends while suffering immense reprisals.Violence over the Land is a passionate reminder of the high costs that the making of American history occasioned for many indigenous peoples, written from the vantage point of an Indian scholar whose own family history is intimately bound up in its enduring legacies.

Author Biography

Ned Blackhawk is Associate Professor of History and American Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Indigenous Body in Painp. 1
Spanish-Ute Relations to 1750p. 16
The Making of the New Mexican-Ute Borderlandsp. 55
The Enduring Spanish-Ute Alliancep. 88
Crisis in the New Mexican-Ute Borderlandsp. 119
Great Basin Indians in the Era of Lewis and Clarkp. 145
Colorado Utes and the Traumatic Storms of Expansionp. 176
Utah's Indians and the Crisis of Mormon Settlementp. 226
Epilogue: Born on the Fourth of July, or Narrating Nevadan Indian Historiesp. 267
Chronologyp. 295
Abbreviationsp. 298
Notesp. 301
Acknowledgmentsp. 359
Indexp. 363
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