Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks

Paperback | October 1, 2000

byMark David Spence

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National parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier preserve some of this country's most cherished wilderness landscapes. While visions of pristine, uninhabited nature led to the creation of these parks, they also inspired policies of Indian removal. By contrasting the native histories ofthese places with the links between Indian policy developments and preservationist efforts, this work examines the complex origins of the national parks and the troubling consequences of the American wilderness ideal. The first study to place national park history within the context of the earlyreservation era, it details the ways that national parks developed into one of the most important arenas of contention between native peoples and non-Indians in the twentieth century.

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National parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier preserve some of this country's most cherished wilderness landscapes. While visions of pristine, uninhabited nature led to the creation of these parks, they also inspired policies of Indian removal. By contrasting the native histories ofthese places with the links between Indian po...

Mark David Spence is Assistant Professor of History at Knox College, Illinois.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: From Common Ground1. Looking Backward and Westward: The "Indian Wilderness" in the Antebellum Era2. The Wild West, or Toward Separate Islands3. Before the Wilderness: Native Peoples and Yellowstone4. First Wilderness: America's Wonderland and Indian Removal from Yellowstone National Park5. Backbone of the World: The Blackfeet and the Glacier National Park Area6. Crowning the Continent: The American Wilderness Ideal and Blackfeet Exclusion from Glacier National Park7. The Heart of the Sierras, 1864-19168. Yosemite Indians and the National Park Ideal, 1916-1969Conclusion: Exceptions and the Rule

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"Spence unpacks the myth of pristine nature preserved and promoted in the national parks... This succinct study opens up new areas of research in park service scholarship and paves the way for a more comprehensive study of the role and place of Native Americans in the national parks." TheHistorian