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Contested Territories: Native Americans and Non-Natives in the Lower Great Lakes, 1700-1850
edited by Charles Beatty-Medina and Melissa Rinehart
Michigan State University Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-1-60917-341-8 | Cloth: 978-1-61186-045-0
Library of Congress Classification E78.G7C66 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 977.00497

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

A remarkable multifaceted history, Contested Territories examines a region that played an essential role in America's post-revolutionary expansion—the Lower Great Lakes region, once known as the Northwest Territory. As French, English, and finally American settlers moved westward and intersected with Native American communities, the ethnogeography of the region changed drastically, necessitating interactions that were not always peaceful. Using ethnohistorical methodologies, the seven essays presented here explore rapidly changing cultural dynamics in the region and reconstruct in engaging detail the political organization, economy, diplomacy, subsistence methods, religion, and kinship practices in play. With a focus on resistance, changing worldviews, and early forms of self-determination among Native Americans, Contested Territories demonstrates the continuous interplay between actor and agency during an important era in American history.



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