"They Made Us Many Promises": The American Indian Experience by Philip Weeks

By Philip Weeks

A descendant of The American Indian Experience, this compelling anthology showcases the paintings of 16 experts. these chapters retained from the unique quantity were rigorously revised to lead them to extra available to the common undergraduate, whereas six solely new and unique essays examine vital themes: American Indian ladies; Indian-Spanish kin within the better Southwest within the 16th and 17th centuries; Indian affairs throughout the Civil battle; the continuing factor of local Sovereignty; U.S. Indian coverage because the Nixon management; and the emotional struggle over Repatriation.

Designed to be used as a middle textual content in a single- or two-semester classes in American Indian historical past or as a complement to any typical U.S. heritage survey, "They Made Us Many Promises" is sure to problem readers' assumptions concerning the previous and present roles of Indians in American society.

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New York, 1979) attempts to exonerate Puritans of charges of oppression, imperialism, and towering hypocrisy. No historian has been more critical of that approach than Francis Jennings. , 1975) is a slashing attack on Puritan Indian policy and its latter-day apologists. Jennings’ book sparked a whole round of new books, articles, and sessions at professional meetings. More important, it signaled a thorough reappraisal of New England Indian-white relations. Perhaps the most important of those books Black Gowns and Massachusetts Men ß 31 is Neal Salisbury’s Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500–1643 (New York, 1982).

Such a collapse would hardly endanger the French national economy, but it would be a blow to the growing prestige of the Sun King, Louis XIV. If New France was to survive, aid and direction had to come from the crown. With empire in mind, Jean Baptiste Colbert, French minister of marine, began to develop a grand strategy for the colony and all its peoples. That strategy was to create a North Ameican empire founded on a diversified economy. Colbert sought to encourage agriculture and light manufacturing along the St.

The praying towns were, in historian James Axtell’s phrase, an Indian Marshall Plan. ” In fact, Indian responses to the Christian mission reveal the full complexity of Native-English relations in early New England. Praying towns attracted followers from those villages and bands that had suffered the most substantial population losses. Epidemics produced not only weakened leadership but also a crisis of spiritual confidence. Much of Native religious belief and practice centered on healing. Indian priests, called “Powwows,” saw their principal function as maintaining a healthy balance between individuals and supernatural forces.

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