Synopses & Reviews
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