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Author Banner, Stuart, 1963-

Title How the Indians lost their land : law and power on the frontier / Stuart Banner
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (344 pages) : illustrations
Contents Native proprietors -- Manhattan for twenty-four dollars -- From contract to treaty -- A revolution in land policy -- From ownership to occupancy -- Removal -- Reservations -- Allotment
Summary "Between the early seventeenth century and the early twentieth, nearly all the land in the United States was transferred from American Indians to whites. This dramatic transformation has been understood in two very different ways - as a series of consensual transactions, but also as a process of violent conquest. Both views cannot be correct. How did Indians actually lose their land?" "Stuart Banner provides the first comprehensive answer. He argues that neither simple coercion nor simple consent reflects the complicated legal history of land transfers. Instead, time, place, and the balance of power between Indians and settlers decided the outcome of land struggles. As the power of whites grew, they were able to establish the legal institutions and the rules by which land transactions would be made and enforced." "How the Indians Lost Their Land reveals how subtle changes in the law can determine the fate of a nation, and our understanding of the past."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Indian land transfers -- United States -- History.
Indians of North America -- Government relations.
Indians of North America -- Land tenure.
Indians of North America -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Land tenure -- Government policy -- United States.
Land tenure -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Property -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government.
United States -- Race relations.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005043617
ISBN 0674020537 (electronic bk.)
9780674020535 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)