The Indian World of George Washington The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-04-06
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $34.95 Save up to $8.74
  • Rent Book $26.21
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

In this sweeping new biography, Colin Calloway uses the prism of George Washington's life to bring focus to the great Native leaders of his time--Shingas, Tanaghrisson, Bloody Fellow, Joseph Brant, Red Jacket, Little Turtle--and the tribes they represented: the Iroquois Confederacy, Lenape, Miami, Creek, Delaware; in the process, he returns them to their rightful place in the story of America's founding. The Indian World of George Washington spans decades of Native American leaders' interactions with Washington, from his early days as surveyor of Indian lands, to his military career against both the French and the British, to his presidency, when he dealt with Native Americans as a head of state would with a foreign power, using every means of diplomacy and persuasion to fulfill the new republic's destiny by appropriating their land. By the end of his life, Washington knew more than anyone else in America about the frontier and its significance to the future of his country.

The Indian World of George Washington offers a fresh portrait of the most revered American and the Native Americans whose story has been only partially told. Calloway's biography invites us to look again at the history of America's beginnings and see the country in a whole new light.

Author Biography

Colin G. Calloway is the John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Native American Studies at Dartmouth University. His previous books include A Scratch of the Pen and A Victory with No Name.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Native Americans


One: Learning Curves
Chapter 1: Virginia's Indian Country
Chapter 2: The Ohio Company and the Ohio Country
Chapter 3: Into Tanaghrisson's World
Chapter 4: Tanaghrisson's War
Chapter 5: Braddock and the Limits of Empire
Chapter 6: Frontier Defense and a Cherokee Alliance
Chapter 7: Frontier Advance and a Cherokee War

Two: The Other Revolution
Chapter 8: Confronting the Indian Boundary Line
Chapter 9: "A good deal of Land."
Chapter 10: The Question of Indian Allies
Chapter 11: Town Destroyer
Chapter 12: Killing Crawford
Chapter 13: Building a Nation on Indian Land

Three: The First President and the First Americans
Chapter 14: An Indian Policy for the New Nation
Chapter 15: Courting McGillivray
Chapter 16: The Greatest Indian Victory
Chapter 17: Philadelphia Indian Diplomacy
Chapter 18: Achieving Empire
Chapter 19: Transforming Indian Lives
Chapter 20: A Death and a Non-Death

Rewards Program

Write a Review