Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War - First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies (Paperback)
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Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War - First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies (Paperback)

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Standard narratives of Native American history view the nineteenth century in terms of steadily declining Indigenous sovereignty, from removal of southeastern tribes to the 1887 General Allotment Act. In Crooked Paths to Allotment, C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa complicates these narratives, focusing on political moments when viable alternatives to federal assimilation policies arose. In these moments, Native American reformers and their white allies challenged coercive practices and offered visions for policies that might have allowed Indigenous nations to adapt at their own pace and on their own terms. Examining the contests over Indian policy from Reconstruction through the Gilded Age, Genetin-Pilawa reveals the contingent state of American settler colonialism.

Genetin-Pilawa focuses on reformers and activists, including Tonawanda Seneca Ely S. Parker and Council Fire editor Thomas A. Bland, whose contributions to Indian policy debates have heretofore been underappreciated. He reveals how these men and their allies opposed such policies as forced land allotment, the elimination of traditional cultural practices, mandatory boarding school education for Indian youth, and compulsory participation in the market economy. Although the mainstream supporters of assimilation successfully repressed these efforts, the ideas and policy frameworks they espoused established a tradition of dissent against disruptive colonial governance.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469617510
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 mm


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Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty.--Choice


A small book that makes a huge impact.--South Dakota History


Genetn-Pilawa's contribution is to bring the stories of Parker and Bland together for examination.--The Historian


Students interested in the histories of Native nations and confederated tribes in Oregon and the Northwest will appreciate Genetin-Pilawa's careful description of the political rivalries that raged before the federal government chose to pursue those devastating policies.--Oregon Historical Quarterly


Genetin-Pilawa crosses important topical and regional boundaries that have long separated studies of western expansion from southern and eastern narratives of Reconstruction following the Civil War.--American Indian Quarterly


[This book] succeeds admirably in questioning the inevitability of coerced assimilation after the Civil War. It serves as an important reminder that there were viable, potentially less destructive paths not taken in the quest to resolve the 'Indian problem.'--Utah Historical Quarterly


Effectively demonstrates that the federal government's colonial agenda of the late nineteenth century was not monolithic, for some federal officials embraced notions of Indian sovereignty that would not appear in Indian policy until the 1970s.--H-SHGAPE


A much-needed addition to the current historiography concerning allotment in Native American history." --Journal of American Ethnic History


A well-written, eight-chapter work that portrays 'Crooked Paths to Allotment' from a general portrayal of federal policies.--Ethnohistory


Exhibiting an impressive depth of primary research and utilizing a number of sparsely consulted archival collections, Crooked Paths to Allotment is a useful contribution to the historiography of American Indian policy.--Kansas History


Tells a significant story.--Tribal College Journal


Well-written and well researched, this book . . . is a welcomed addition to the scholarship.--Journal of American History


[A] useful addition to the history of Indian-white relations in the United States.--North Carolina Historical Review


Genetin-Pilawa shows how federal Indian relations have reflected and, at times, driven U.S. policy creation in general, and state development and bureaucratization in particular.--Great Plains Quarterly


Crooked Paths to Allotment deepens our understanding of late nineteenth-century Indian policy...[and] makes thought-provoking observations about how some reformist positions in Indian policy fitted within--and to some extent anticipated--the broader development of a more active federal government role in promoting social welfare.--American Historical Review

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