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American Indian Holocaust and Survival: A Population History Since 1492

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This demographic overview of North American Indian history describes in detail the holocaust that, even today, white Americans tend to dismiss as an unfortunate concomitant of Manifest Destiny. They wish to forget that, as Euro-Americans invaded North America and prospered in the "New World," the numbers of native peoples declined sharply; entire tribes, often in the space of a few years, were "wiped from the face of the earth."

 

The fires of the holocaust that consumed American Indians blazed in the fevers of newly encountered diseases, the flash of settlers and soldiers guns, the ravages of "firewater," and the scorched-earth policies of the white invaders. Russell Thornton describes how the holocaust had as its causes disease, warfare and genocide, removal and relocation, and destruction of aboriginal ways of life.

 

Until recently most scholars seemed reluctant to speculate about North American Indian populations in 1492. In this book Thornton discusses in detail how many Indians there were, where they had come from, and how modern scholarship in many disciplines may enable us to make more accurate estimates of aboriginal populations.

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The definitive work on North American Indian population decline from 1492 to the present. Cloth edition available (2074-6; $29.95).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Russell Thornton is Professor of Sociology in the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806122205
Author:
Thornton, Russell
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Location:
Norman :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Government relations
Subject:
Population -- United States.
Subject:
Indians, North American -- history -- United States.
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Civilization of the American Indian Series
Series Volume:
186
Publication Date:
19900331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 bandw illus., 7 maps
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 1.1 lb

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