Conquest by Law: How the Discovery of America Dispossessed Indigenous Peoples of Their Lands by Lindsay G. RobertsonConquest by Law: How the Discovery of America Dispossessed Indigenous Peoples of Their Lands by Lindsay G. Robertson

Conquest by Law: How the Discovery of America Dispossessed Indigenous Peoples of Their Lands

byLindsay G. Robertson

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John Marshall's landmark 1823 decision in Johnson v. M'Intosh gave the European sovereigns who "discovered" North America rights to the land, converting Native Americans in one stroke into mere tenants. In 1991, while investigating the historical origins of this highly controversial decision,Lindsay Robertson made a startling find in the basement of a Pennsylvania furniture-maker--the complete corporate records of the Illinois and Wabash Land Companies, the plaintiffs in the case. Drawing on these records, Conquest by Law provides, for the first time, a complete and troubling account ofcollusion, detailing how a spurious claim gave rise to a doctrine--intended to be of limited application--which led to the massive displacement of Native Americans and the creation of a law that governs indigenous people to this day.

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Lindsay G. Robertson is Orpha and Maurice Merrill Professor of Law, History and Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. A frequent commentator on indigenous legal affairs, Robertson has served as Faculty Director of the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy since 1998. He teaches courses...
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Title:Conquest by Law: How the Discovery of America Dispossessed Indigenous Peoples of Their LandsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 5.98 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:April 9, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. The Illinois and Wabash Land Companies: Purchases and Petitions2. Harper3. Before the Court4. Virginia, Kentucky, and the Complex Politics of Early Republican Federalism5. The Opinion6. LegaciesAfterwordAppendix 1 -- The 1810 MemorialAppendix 2 -- The Agreed Statement of Facts and Federal Objections to the ClaimsNotesBibliographyIndex

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"This is an exceptional work that breaks new ground and contributes to our understanding not only of a specific case, but of the role of the Supreme Court in the American Republic. An important contribution to both the study of law and the history of the West."--Rennard Strickland, Philip H.Knight Professor of Law, University of Oregon