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History's Shadow: Native Americans and Historical Consciousness in the Nineteenth Century

Steven Conn

Abstract

Who were the Native Americans? Where did they come from and how long ago? Did they have a history, and would they have a future? Questions such as these dominated intellectual life in the United States during the nineteenth century. And for many Americans, such questions about the original inhabitants of their homeland inspired a flurry of historical investigation, scientific inquiry, and heated political debate. This book traces the struggle of Americans trying to understand the people who originally occupied the continent claimed as their own. The book considers how the question of the India ... More

Keywords: Native Americans, United States, scientific inquiry, political debate, archaeology, ethnology, linguistics, art, Bible, classical literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226114941
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226115115.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Conn, author