The_Concept_of_Inevitability_in_the_History_of_European_Indian_Relations

The_Concept_of_Inevitability_in_the_History_of_European_Indian_Relations

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Unformatted text preview: Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. Printing note: If you do not want to print this page, select pages 2 to the end on the print dialog screen. Mann Library fax: 607 255-0318 www.mannlib.cornell.edu Reencounters with Colonialism: New Perspectives on the Americas editors (all of Dartmouth College) Mary C.Kelley, AMERICAN HISTORY Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES Donald Pease, AMERICAN LITERATURE Ivy Schweitzer, AMERICAN LITERATURE Diana Taylor, LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO STUDIES Frances R. Aparicio and Susana Chavez-Silverman, eds., Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations ofLatinidad Michelle Burnham, Captivity and Sentiment: Cultural Exchange in American Literature, 1682-1861 Colin G. Calloway, ed., After King Philips War: Presence and Persistence in Indian New England Carla Gardina Pestana and Sharon V. Salinger, eds., Inequality in Early America Susana Rotker, The American Chronicles of Jose Marti: Journalism and Modernity in Spanish America Renee L. Bergland, The National Uncanny: Indian Ghosts and American Subjects Inequality IN Early America Carla Gardina Pestana and Shawn V. Salinger, editors Dartmouth College Published by University Press of New England Hanover and London GaryB. Nash THE CONCEPT OF INEVITABILITY IN THE HISTORY OF EUROPEAN- INDIAN RELATIONS IT IS COMMONPLACE nowadays to observe, as J. H. Plumb wrote a quarter century ago, that history "has always been a vital strand in the ideology of all ruling classes." 1 Nowhere is this more evident than in the way historians have explained Indian- European relations in North America. For nearly three hundred years his- torians have included Indians in a grandiose nationalist narrative, mainly as the foils for the European invaders 3 ceaseless march of progress. "Bound inextricably in a primitive past, a primitive society, and a primitive environ- ment to be destroyed by God, Nature, and Progress to make way for Civil- ized Man," as Roy Harvey Pearce put it many years ago, the Indian appears on stage primarily as bloodthirsty savage or insensate victim of a superior people....
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