History of the Indian Tribes of the United States: Their Present Condition and Prospects and a Sketch of their Ancient Status
Publisher: Historical American Indian Press
xxviii+756 pages with frontispiece, maps (some in color), plates (some in color), tables, charts, figures, diagrams and index. Thick quarto (12 1/2" x 9 1/2") bound in original publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original jacket. Volume 6 of the multi volume set published between 1851 and 1857. Reprint of the 1857 first edition.
This volume provides a comprehensive view of almost every aspect of the history, social mores, and struggles of various Indian nations throughout North American and even relates their condition to those of Central and South America. Schoolcraft begins with a condensed view of Post-Columbian or modern Indian history - when the first Europeans gazed upon Native Americans. The first Indian tribes recognized in America were the Caribs. They revealed themselves to the wondering of the Europeans with that peculiar set of the physiognomical features and traits, physical and mental, which have been found to be generic throughout the continent. It did not take long for animosity to overcome wonderment and soon the Indians were victims of the colonial struggles or the French, the English, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the Spaniards. Later their hunting grounds became the battle grounds for Colonials and royalists. With the birth of a new nation, their existence became an obstacle to the European usurpers of the American Continent as the proceeded to "civilize" the wilderness from sea to shining sea. Powhatanics, Sicopans, Manhattans, Mohicans, Mohawks, Lenno Lenapi, Narragansetts, Algonquins, Senecas, Mingoes, Seminoles, Cherokees - name after name, tribe after tribe from East to West - they all succumbed to the onslaught of the white settlers, soldiers, adventurers and evangelists. The struggle seemed inevitable - a perpetual and unavoidable conflict between the tiller of the soil, confined by his society, and the aboriginal hunter - free to roam the great forests and plains or to idle at will. The first part concludes with an especially interesting commentary on the prospects of the tribes n 1857. The second part of the volume offers economic and social insights through statistical presentations into the development of the Indian.
Jacket 1/2" to 1" loss to spine heal, front heal cover 1" to 1" chips along edges, corners chipped, back heal edge 1/2" to 1" else a very good to fine copy in a good jacket.
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