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New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America (The American Moment) 1St Edition Edition

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Calloway employs lucid prose and captivating examples to remind us that neither Indians nor Colonists were a monolithic group... The result is a more nuanced appreciation for the complexity of cultural relationships in Colonial America... He surveys this complex story with imagination and insight and provides an essential starting point for all those interested in the interaction of Europeans and Indians in early American life.

(David R. Shi Christian Science Monitor)

Paints a panoramic picture of multilayered interactions between Europeans and American Natives throughout North America... Through a telling use of quotation and example Calloway demonstrates that history comprises the cumulative experience of countless people.

(Karen Ordahl Kupperman Journal of American History)

Calloway wants to restore Indian peoples to a national experience from which they have, excapt as combantants against whites, been largely erased. But more than that, he want to show how European settlers as they entered Indian country, became Americans.

(Richard White American Historical Review)

New Worlds for All fills an important niche in the historiography of early America. The book presents the best available brief synthesis of current historical scholarship on relations between Indians and Europeans, and it covers all of North America instead of just the British colonies.

(James Drake Journal of American Ethnic History)

The book expertly synthesizes a generation of scholarship that, guided by the ethnohistorical imperative to render crosscultural encounters from the perspectives of all participants, has moved Amerindians from the periphery to the center of colonial history.

(Charles L. Cohen Wisconsin Magazine of History)

I cannot think of another work that sets out to accomplish what Colin Calloway has achieved. New Worlds for All stands poised to become the most successful synthesis of North American ethnohistory from contact to the early national period.

(Gregory E. Dowd, University of Notre Dame)

The European colonization of North America entailed not the discovery of a 'New World' but the creation of multiple 'new worlds.' Colin Calloway is to be congratulated for synthesizing an enormous body of scholarship and offering this accessible explanation of the emergence of a multicultural America.

(Peter C. Mancall, University of Kansas)

Colin Calloway's grand synthesis of the experience of Indians and other Americans before 1800 is exceptional in its breadth of vision. Taking as his canvas the entire North American continent―examining everything from war and disease to trade and sex, from clothes and houses to foods and cures―he nonetheless never loses sight of the individual, human story, the vivid encounter or striking incident that brings the past to life.

(James H. Merrell, Vassar College)

Colin Calloway charts a sensible middle way between the gross generalizations and the random trivia that have long dominated discussions of the influences that Native Americans and Europeans exerted on one another. Wearing its vast research lightly, New Worlds for All provides an excellent introduction to recent scholarship on cultural interaction in early America.

(Daniel K. Richter, Dickinson College)

About the Author

Colin G. Calloway is professor of history and Native American studies at Dartmouth College. His previous books include The American Revolution in Indian Country: Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities, nominated for a 1995 Pulitzer Prize; The Western Abenakis of Vermont, 1600-1800: War, Migration, and the Survival of an Indian People; and Crown and Calumet: British-Indian Relations, 1783-1815.


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Product Details

  • Series: The American Moment
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1St Edition edition (February 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080185959X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801859595
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book Colin Calloway sums up another cycle in the historiography of the American Indian. The book is arranged topically, and is really more a series of essays than a single narrative. Calloway is even-handed in his approach, avoiding the demonization of both settlers and Indians that have been features of other works on the same topic. Calloway tries to cut through the mythology that has encrusted much of American Indian history and get at the way things really were--cultural give and take, misunderstandings, and accomodations. Overall, an excellent book and a necessary antidote to wrong-headed notions about cultural interactions in early America.
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"To say that American democracy emerged as a synthesis of European and Indian political traditions may be an overstatement, but to deny it may be placing too much weight on the written record: ideas and customs tend to seep subtly from one group to another rather than being formally acknowledged." (pg. 189)

Acculturation and assimilation played a great role in the formation of what constitutes to be of an "American" identity. The above quote is given much attention in the ninth chapter of the book, however, throughout the entire book is this idea solidified. Calloway may be correct in suggesting to the reader that placing too much emphasis on this notion is an overstatement, but one cannot simply dismiss it for lack of credible facts to substantiate such a claim. Calloway provides the details in the history that would ultimately lead the reader to arrive at such a conclusion on his/her own.

Diplomacy, weaponry, and the "skulking" art of warfare, all borrowed from the Indians, contributed to the successful outcome of the Revolutionary War. If 1492, as Calloway suggests, was the year that the term "Indian" was born (prior to this year there existed only native peoples) then that would assert that Europeans and Indians coexisted, acculturated, and assimilated with one another for 284 years between the first arrival and the signing of the Declaration of Independence which ultimately led to the birth of a new international nation of "Americans", and henceforth a new world for all, as the title suggests.

Of course it would only make sense that the Founding Fathers sought to model this nation's government from a conglomeration of the political practices of the many different peoples that called themselves individuals, or of domestic nations, living within the "New World".
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This book came in great condition and was pretty inexpensive too! I am a student and I love the ease that comes with ordering these books. They help so much in understanding out lectures and doing well on our exams!
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This book does something few other books on Colonial American history have had the courage to do: sets up a platform of understanding that makes it possible to clearly separate out "colonial myths" from "colonial reality." And it does so with minimal hedging in the direction of syrupy colonial sentimentality.

Since so much of American identity is tied up in reinforcing and rejoicing over questionable colonial mythology promoted as historical fact, presenting a set of alternative facts, and an alternative context, that do not "pander" is a lot more difficult than it may at first seem. I for one am grateful to the author for taking the time in these essays on Indian-white relations, to make these important contrasting distinctions visible, even though, in my view, in the end he too does hedge his analysis in the "pandering direction."

We all would like to believe the rhetoric the founding fathers deployed in its negotiations with the Indian nations on the eve of the American Revolution -- when out of necessity they appealed for assimilating colonial and Indians cultures in such a way that the two cultures could reinforce the good in each and discarded the bad, thereby jointly creating a new improved integrated and fully assimilated North American culture: a new brotherhood of peace in the New World and on the new American frontier. It was a solemn appeal made at a time when the colonies needed the Indians much more than the Indians needed the colonies.
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We’ve had books about the nation’s early settlers. Then came the books about the horrible things the settlers did to the natives. Now we have a book about the way in which the settlers and the natives had their lives intertwined. The first thing this book says is that Jacques Cartier’s men were stuck on the ice, dying of scurvy, until local tribesmen came along and had them drink boiled pine bark. Unfortunately, Cartier’s men brought diseases that wiped out many of these noble ecologists. But the author isn’t that sympathetic; the natives already had diseases (like tuberculosis) and genetic ones from inbreeding.

If you ever take the Long Island Railroad out into Nassau and Suffolk Counties, you’ll find lots of towns with Native American names-Massapequa, Mineola, Hapuage, Montauk, Ronkonkoma, Syosset, and Quog-despite the fact that few Native American live there anymore. As for the change to Native American life, they benefited from the introduction of metal fish hooks and tools. The people of the St. Lawrence region knew right away how to play the French for profit; one beaver useless beaver skin for a bunch of metal knives was more than a bargain to them!

This book is a thoroughly researched and rather humorous study on the Native American v European interaction in the New World. The title is appropriate for the subject, for while we call Plymouth Colony “The New World” it would have been the same for those who encountered these strange new people, with their massive boats and powerful tools. We’re apt to blame European colonization for native destruction, but keep in mind that much of the East Coast was not as densely inhabited as we think. Manhattan Island was mostly empty when Peter Minuit arrived and bought it.
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