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Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny Paperback – July 1, 2008
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"Written by lawyer and law professor Robert Miller, this is revisionist history in the very best sense of that tradition. Miller reviews historic documents and oft-told stories in a new and original light. This important study gives Native Americans and their role in United States history a richer and deeper meaning through Miller's thoughtful interpretation of the Doctrine of Discovery in the context of its historical, law-related, political principles." (Rennard Strickland, Knight Professor of Law, University of Oregon)
"Miller's book represents the most comprehensive and thoughtful analysis of the American version of the Doctrine of Discovery to date, its role in the voyages of Lewis & Clark, and its continuing importance in the field of federal Indian Law today." (Alexander Tallchief Skibine, Professor, University of Utah Law School)
"Professor Miller's treatment of the Doctrine of Discovery shows us that we still have much to learn about how we came to legitimize our jurisdiction over this continent. He illustrates the dense interlacing of law, ideology, and politics at work in the making of the New World. Everyone who is interested in Indian Law and the West will have to read this book." (Gerald Torres, Bryant Smith Chair, University of Texas Law School) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This book offers a fresh look at these common chapters in American history by viewing them through the lens of the Doctrine of Discovery, which Miller describes "in a nutshell" as the idea that when a European, Christian nation "discovered" new lands, the European - later American - nation automatically acquired sovereign and property rights in the new land, subject only to the native peoples' right to occupy and use the land. When the natives stopped using or wanted to sell the land, they had to sell it to the European or American "conquering" nation and to no other.
Miller sticks to his theme well, tying many loose threads of history into his theory. Native America Discovered and Conquered provides a necessary foundation for understanding the laws and actions that created the modern legal system controlling American Indians today.
Professor Miller is helped by his willingness to be interdisciplinary in his exploration. He himself is an Associate Professor at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, as well as being Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. As a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma, he has the ability to step outside the Eurocentric paradigm of legal reasoning on which so many of our notions of real property rest. But he also relies on a rich vein of historical literature with which he treats in a commendable way.
The subject, however, is one which calls for an even broader sweep than he has been able to master, and an understanding of economic theory as it existed prior to the 20th century would have been very helpful to him.Read more ›
Professor Miller is helped by his willingness to be interdisciplinary in his exploration. He himself is an Associate Professor at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, as well as being Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. As a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma, he has the ability to step outside the Eurocentric paradigm of legal reasoning on which so many of our notions of real property rest. But he also relies on a rich vein of historical literature with which he treats in a commendable way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is difficult, upsetting reading as it recounts history that most Americans of European descent are unaware. It's the history that you weren't taught in school! Read morePublished 3 months ago by squirrel1
This book has so much information, but I really felt it needed a strong editor. Many of the points were reiterated multiple times, the timeline skips around, and it is incredibly... Read morePublished 22 months ago by A. Glockner
A real eye opener on the expectations and effect of the Lewis and Clark expedition on Native Americans. Another debate for Thomas Jefferson afficianados.Published 24 months ago by Dizzyliz
Interesting book and author's point of view. Among his other qualifications, the author is Chief Justice, Court of Appeals, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of... Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Charles