Seeing Red: Indigenous Land, American Expansion, and the Political Economy of Plunder in North America (Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American Histo) (Paperback)

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Seeing Red: Indigenous Land, American Expansion, and the Political Economy of Plunder in North America (Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American Histo) (Paperback)

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Against long odds, the Anishinaabeg resisted removal, retaining thousands of acres of their homeland in what is now Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Their success rested partly on their roles as sellers of natural resources and buyers of trade goods, which made them key players in the political economy of plunder that drove white settlement and U.S. development in the Old Northwest. But, as Michael Witgen demonstrates, the credit for Native persistence rested with the Anishinaabeg themselves. Outnumbering white settlers well into the nineteenth century, they leveraged their political savvy to advance a dual citizenship that enabled mixed-race tribal members to lay claim to a place in U.S. civil society. Telling the stories of mixed-race traders and missionaries, tribal leaders and territorial governors, Witgen challenges our assumptions about the inevitability of U.S. expansion.

Deeply researched and passionately written, Seeing Red will command attention from readers who are invested in the enduring issues of equality, equity, and national belonging at its core.

Michael John Witgen (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) is professor in the Department of History and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781469677774
ISBN-10: 1469677776
Publisher: Omohundro Institute and Unc Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2023
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American Histo