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Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America Paperback – 15 Apr 2003

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1 edition (15 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674011171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674011175
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.1 out of 5 stars46 customer ratings

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Richter here offers a masterly work that eschews the long-standing perception that Native Americans were nothing more than marginalized bystanders as Europeans colonized North America. Focusing on the period between the 15th and 18th centuries, the author instead shows that Native American communities adapted to the many stresses introduced by the arrival of the Europeans and were active participantsin creating a new way of life on the continent... provides a valuable perspective that is often overlooked in books about the same period. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.John BurchLibrary JournalAt the center of this bold and thoroughly astonishing history of Native Americans are narratives of three Indians generally known to Euro-Americans: Pocahontas, Blessed Catherine Tekakwitha, and the Algonquin warrior Metacom, also known as King Philip. Telling each of these stories--a romance, the life of a saint, the destruction of a 'noble savage'--from the European and then the Native American perspective, Richter elucidates an alternative history of America from Columbus to just after the Revolution...Gracefully written and argued, Richter's compelling research and provocative claims make this an important addition to the literature for general readers of both Native American and U.S. studies.Publishers WeeklyMost American histories treat North America's indigenous peoples as ancillary to the more important story of the establishment of a European nation in the New World. What would happen if one shifted focus and transformed the usual bit-players into stars? Richter...makes that shift and produces what may, for its impeccable use of primary sources, smoothly well-wrought prose, and passionate argument, become a classic.Patricia MonaghanBooklistAn excellent, ambitious attempt to restore to history long-overlooked Indians who 'neither uncompromisingly resisted...nor wholeheartedly assimilated' in the face of white encroachment...A hallmark in recent Native American historiography that merits wide attention.Kirkus ReviewsRichter demythicizes the standard accounts...to demonstrate how white settlers consciously created false images to justify economic, religious, and military exploitation of Native inhabitants...This innovative and well-written book.M. L. TateChoiceRichter insists that we must look over the shoulders of American Indians to see the Europeans who settled the New World to have a complete understanding of our origins. His depiction of how these original Americans adapted to the new-comers and how they were inevitably betrayed by generations devoted to 'freedom' and 'opportunity' are especially telling.Denver Post and Rocky Mountain NewsFrom its title to its very last page, Facing East from Indian Country spins us around. But rather than dizzying, this turnabout is clarifying, freeing us from the blinders of a European perspective on the early American experience. Vast in scope yet intimate in its attention to particular people, places, and moments, Richter's book is a moving, thought-provoking work of scholarship.James H. Merrell, author of Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania FrontierRichter offers a brilliant retelling of the old stories of European colonies and empires through Native eyes. Facing East from Indian Country may be as close as any scholar has come to synthesizing an 'Indian perspective' on early American history This is a book not to be missed.Philip J. Deloria, author of Playing IndianWith keen insight, deep reading, and a sparkling wit, Richter makes new and compelling sense of American history, radically shifting our perspective on the past. Balancing vivid imagination and a respect for the unknown, Richter crafts a powerful and engaging story that is essential to understanding our place in time on this continent.Alan Taylor, author of William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontierof the Early American RepublicIn his acclaimed volume Facing East From Indian Country, Daniel Richter turns the tables on 'conventional' histories of early European-Indian relations by looking east from the Mississippi River rather than west from the Atlantic Ocean...Richter approaches, from the Indian perspective, the history of early contact with Europeans through the founding of the U. S., with emphasis on tribes' immeasurable contribution to the history of the continent. He culls Native voices from surviving documents and records, pulling Indians from the periphery of white America's memory and making them the focal point of the post-contact story.Tom WanamakerIndian Country Today has written a provocative new interpretation of early America from pre-contact to the early 19th centuryAe places early America in the context of Native American society and history and not solely in the rush of colonial expansionAHistorians of the American West and scholars of Western Native American studies will find much value in Richter's retelling of early American History.Joseph KeyJournal of the WestThanks to the work of Richter and others like him who have set out to break with the traditional Eurocentric narrative, 'the people without history' have been given back their voice.J. H. ElliottNew York Review of Books

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Daniel K. Richter is Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History and the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

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