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Pen and Ink Witchcraft: Treaties and Treaty Making in American Indian History Hardcover – May 17, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199917302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199917303
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.3 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Calloway's analytical framework is sound; his command of the events and personalities involved in the negotiations he examines is masterful; and his larger conclusions about the devestating impact of treaties and treay-making on North America's Native people are convincing [and] sobering." --Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains

"In a comprehensive survey of 'hybrid diplomacy' across a kaleidoscopic diplomatic landscape, Calloway guides his readers through Native negotiations with British, French, Spanish, and American colonial governments. Orators, politicians, interpreters, and scalawags inhabit these lively pages as Calloway illuminates how each side brought its history, ritual, protocols, and expectations to the table. From the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix to musings on the contemporary legal arguments and public opinions that swirl around treaties, Pen and Ink Witchcraft is a must-read account by a superbly accomplished historian." --K. Tsianina Lomawaima, author of "To Remain an Indian": Lessons in Democracy from a Century of Native American Education

"Colin Calloway has done it again. With expansive coverage and insight, Pen and Ink Witchcraft historicizes American Indian treaty-making within the currents of North American imperial history and underscores the centrality of American Indians in the diplomatic history of the United States. A powerful achievement." --Ned Blackhawk, author of Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West

"Indian treaties were major historical events, and today they are still important sources of legal rights. Pen and Ink Witchcraft is a masterful overview of the complex processes by which these treaties were created." --Stuart Banner, author of How the Indians Lost Their Land: Law and Power on the Frontier

"This extraordinary analysis of Indian treaties and treaty-making reveals the complexity and objectives of the United States government in negotiating nearly 400 ratified agreements. In a book wide in scope--addressing political ceremony, kinship alliances, council meetings, native law, oratorical power, gift-giving diplomacy, and sovereignty--Colin Calloway has produced a masterpiece for Indian treaties to be understood by everyone. This leading scholar of Indian history explains the historical development of Native American legal rights today." --Donald L. Fixico, editor of Treaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts, and Sovereignty

About the Author

Colin G. Calloway is Professor of Native American Studies and John Kimball Jr. Professor of History at Dartmouth College. His books include One Vast Winter Count: The American West before Lewis and Clark, for which he won the Merle Curti Award and the Ray Allen Billington Prize, The Shawnees and the War for America, The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America, and New Worlds for All. He recently won the 2011 American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Baier on September 17, 2014
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Colin G. Calloway has written so many books relating to the history of the colonies this is not expectation. Mr. Calloway has done an excellent effort in his research that it enables the reader to get the complete picture. the reader will not be disappointed in Mr. Calloway's recent work. A Must read.
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