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


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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 of these 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 early reservation 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.

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Common Ground

1. Looking Backward and Westward: The "Indian Wilderness" in the Antebellum Era

2. The Wild West, or Toward Separate Islands

3. Before the Wilderness: Native Peoples and Yellowstone

4. First Wilderness: America's Wonderland and Indian Removal from Yellowstone National Park

5. Backbone of the World: The Blackfeet and the Glacier National Park Area

6. Crowning the Continent: The American Wilderness Ideal and Blackfeet Exclusion from Glacier National Park

7. The Heart of the Sierras, 1864-1916

8. Yosemite Indians and the National Park Ideal, 1916-1969

Conclusion: Exceptions and the Rule

Product Details

Spence, Mark David
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Mark David
Indians of north america
Nature conservation
Native American
United States - 19th Century
Government - U.S. Government
History, American | 1900-1945
History, American | Native American
Native American-General Native American Studies
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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17 halftones, line illus and maps
5.800 x 8.900 in 0.656 lb

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