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Linking Arms Together : American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1600-1800

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Robert Williams attempts to write Indians back into Indian law by developing a greater appreciation for the contributions of American Indian legal visions and demonstrating how ancient treaty visions can speak to the modern, multicultural age. Williams maintains there is an important need for a more complete account of the legal visions of the American Indians. In this work, he examines the Indians' role in the history of legal traditions which have determined Indian rights in the USA, including the Indian conceptions of justice, their traditions, and practices. Doing so is essential to protecting Indian tribalism's survival under US law. In addition, understanding how the American Indian legal traditions have worked to help perpetuate Indian tribalism might also assist in beginning to understand how US law may achieve racial justice more generally.show more

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  • Hardback | 202 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 498.96g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • maps
  • 0195065913
  • 9780195065916

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In Linking Arms Together, Robert Williams shows us how the Indian tribes of eastern North America drew on their own unique traditions of treaty diplomacy in responding to the white man's views on the Indians' rights in the New World. The visions of law and peace between different peoples that emerged out of the Encounter era are represented in the hundreds of treaties and agreements Indians and whites negotiated with each other. Extraordinary documents in their own right, the treaty records of this intense and crisis-filled era reflect a variety of American Indian approaches to the problems of achieving law and peace between different peoples. Williams's examination of the treaty literature of the Encounter era helps us recall a long-neglected period of our national experience when Indians tried to create a new type of society with the white man on the multi-cultural frontiers of North America. Williams maintains that recovering a deeper understanding of this shared legal world of the North American Encounter era is crucial to the task of protecting Indian rights under U.S. law. Just as important, a better understanding of American Indian treaty visions of law and peace can also help us begin to imagine how U.S. law may achieve racial justice more generally.show more

About Robert A. Williams

Robert A. Williams, Jr is Professor of Law and American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona at Tucson. He is the author of the highly-regarded work The American Indian in Western Legal Thought (Oxford, 1990).show more

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