Natives and Newcomers: The Cultural Origins of North America

Paperback | August 15, 2000

byJames Axtell

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In the past thirty years historians have come to realize that the shape and temper of early America was determined as much by its Indian natives as it was by its European colonizers. No one has done more to discover and recount this story than James Axtell, one of America's premierethnohistorians. Natives and Newcomers is a collection of fifteen of his best and most influential essays, available for the first time in one volume. In accessible and often witty prose, Axtell describes the major encounters between Indians and Europeans--first contacts, communications, epidemics,trade and gift-giving, social and sexual mingling, work, cultural and religious conversions, military clashes--and probes their short- and long-term consequences for both cultures. The result is a book that shows how encounters between Indians and Europeans ultimately led to the birth of adistinctly American identity. Natives and Newcomers is an essential text for undergraduate and graduate courses in Colonial American history and Native American history.

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In the past thirty years historians have come to realize that the shape and temper of early America was determined as much by its Indian natives as it was by its European colonizers. No one has done more to discover and recount this story than James Axtell, one of America's premierethnohistorians. Natives and Newcomers is a collection ...

James Axtell is at College of William and Mary.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019513771X

ISBN - 13:9780195137712

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Illustrations listPrefaceProloguePart I. ContactsIntroduction1. Imagining the Other: First Encounters2. Babel of Tongues: Communciating with the IndiansPart II. ConsumptionIntroduction3. At the Water's Edge: Trading in the Sixteenth Century4. The First Consumer Revolution: The Seventeenth Century5. Making Do: Trade in the Eighteenth-Century SoutheastPart III. ConversionsIntroduction6. The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures7. Dr. Wheelock's Little Red School8. The White IndiansPart IV. ClashesIntroduction9. The Spanish Incursion10. The Rise and Fall of the Powhatan Empire11. The Moral Dilemmas of ScalpingPart V. ConsequencesIntroduction12. The Columbian Mosaic13. Native Reactions to the Invasion of America14. The Indian impact on English Colonial CultureNotesIndex

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"A pioneer in ethnohistory, James Axtell brings wit, clarity, and erudition to the study of Early American encounters. What gives this collection of essays special power is Axtell's insistence that the history of cultural encounter is a profoundly human story, a continuing struggle under oftenhorrendous circumstances to establish mutual understandings. In a fiercely contested field of scholarship, Axtell provides his readers with many original insights that should promote rich discussion."-T. H. Breen, Northwestern University