Natives and Newcomers

Natives and Newcomers : The Cultural Origins of North America

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In the past thirty years, historians have come to realize that the shape and temper of early America were determined as much by its Indian natives as by its European colonizers. No one has done more to discover and tell this new story than James Axtell, one of our premiere ethnohistorians. In Natives and Newcomers, a selection of his best essays, Axtell describes in accessible and often witty prose the major encounters between Indians and Europeans - first contacts, communications, epidemics, trade and gift-giving, social and sexual mingling, work, conversions, military clashes - and probes their short- and long-term consequences for both cultures. Every essay is based on original research in a wide variety of primary sources, including maps, museum artifacts, archaeological sites, pictures (many of which are reproduced), traders' account books, and oral traditions. The end result is a book which shows how encounters between Indians and Europeans ultimately shaped a distinctly American identity.
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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 589.68g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • halftones, 2 maps
  • 019513771X
  • 9780195137712

Table of contents

Illustrations list ; Preface ; Prologue ; PART I. CONTACTS ; Introduction ; 1. Imagining the Other: First Encounters ; 2. Babel of Tongues: Communciating with the Indians ; PART II. CONSUMPTION ; Introductin ; 3. At the Water's Edge: Trading in the Sixteenth Century ; 4. The First Consumer Revolution: The Seventeenth Century ; 5. Making Do: Trade in the Eighteenth-Century Southeast ; PART III. CONVERSIONS ; Introduction ; 6. The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures ; 7. Dr. Wheelock's Little Red School ; 8. The White Indians ; PART IV. CLASHES ; Introduction ; 9. The Spanish Incursion ; 10. The Rise and Fall of the Powhatan Empire ; 11. The Moral Dilemmas of Scalping ; PART V. CONSEQUENCES ; Introduction ; 12. The Columbian Mosaic ; 13. Native Reactions to the Invasion of America ; 14. The Indian impact on English Colonial Culture ; Notes ; Index
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