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Daily Life during the Indian Wars (The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series) [Hardcover]

Clarissa W. Confer
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December 16, 2010 0313364540 978-0313364549 1

From the colonial period to the end of the 19th century, from King Phillip's war to the Wounded Knee Massacre, fighting between the American Indians and the U.S. government created upheaval in the everyday lives of American Indians, affecting everything from trade and food to marriage, housing, and family life.

The continuous power struggle between distinct cultures created the backdrop for the creation of the United States we know today, as well as the infancy of American foreign policy. Daily Life during the Indian WarS≪/i> will immerse readers in the true stories of a wide range of American Indian peoples as they fought to preserve everything they had and held dear—their traditions, their lands, and their identities.


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• Gathers and organizes three centuries of historical events into one readable analysis

• Documents the struggles of America's indigenous peoples to preserve their lifestyle and traditions

• Preserves the stories of both noted leaders and everyday individuals



• A complete chronology of military and political events in American Indian history, ranging from colonial times through the 19th century

• A collection of images, documenting the lives and cultural practices of American Indian warriors and family members

• A multicultural bibliography of significant materials from the fields of history, ethnography, and anthropology, pointing readers toward additional information



"An extraordinary compendium that will appeal to lay readers and scholars alike, Daily Life During the Indian WarS≪/i> is highly recommended especially for Native American studies shelves."

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From the earliest conflicts along the Eastern seaboard to the climactic Plains Wars of the late 19th century, the clash of arms and cultures between American Indians and Anglo-American settlers has dramatically shaped the lives of both groups. Yet how average American Indian men, women, and children experienced these events has been largely overlooked—until now.


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  • Series: The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; 1 edition (December 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313364540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313364549
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,290,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daily Life During The Indian Wars is packed cover to cover with true stories of how ordinary American Indian men, women, and children experienced the tumultuous (and often deadly) clash of cultures as Anglo-American settlers forever transformed the land upon which they lived. Covering the colonial period through the 19th century and Wounded Knee, Daily Life During The Indian Wars lives up to its title with tales of trade, producing and preparing food, marriage, finding housing, and family life. An extraordinary compendium that will appeal to lay readers and scholars alike, Daily Life During The Indian Wars is highly recommended especially for Native American studies shelves.
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1.0 out of 5 stars unserious book June 20, 2011
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Clarissa Confer borrows the language of the Marxist proletarian struggle to explain America's Indian wars.

Too many sections read like Robert Conquest's "Harvest of Sorrows" -- complaining about the treatment of the independent and trade-networked Ukrainians at the hands of their Bolshevik liberators. The Ukrainians resisted the collective farms, died of famine, and were imprisoned on the slightest suspicion of aggression. But what is to be done? You can't make an omelet without breaking a few kulaks... I mean tribal leaders... I mean eggs. What Progressive-minded person takes the side of the oppressed?

Likewise, there are so many parallels in this book with the Cambodian revolution of the Khmers Rouges -- culturally backward people with military superiority (the US Army) descending on the unsuspecting civilization of the native villages and forcibly removing the people from their territory, compelling them to march, consigning them to unarable land and instructing them to farm or starve. The Native Americans... I mean the Cambodians starved either way, because the land was so poor and they were not accustomed to farming, but that is no excuse.

We can't have pity on those who stand in the way of the proper use of the resources. As long as someone other than the rightful tenant is on the land, it is all fair in the pursuit of the glorious struggle. We must break the bonds of the past, we must break the bonds of tradition, we must break the bonds and purge the countryside of those who cling to the old ways. Just like Mao's Cultural Revolution. Or something.

Clarissa Confer finds a tenderness in her heart for those who resist the march of Progressive change. But what type of academic allows herself to feel sympathy for those who are dispossessed and left destitute by the march of history? Forward!
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