In this readable yet sophisticated survey of treaty-making between Native and European Americans before 1800, Robert A. Williams, Jr. argues that Native Americans were active participants in the crafting of a shared legal culture. Legal historians have too often depicted Indians as merely acted upon by the white man's laws and institutions. In contrast, Williams looks at the numerous treaties Indians actively negotiated with whites and explores how they drew on their own unique traditions of diplomacy to resist and even influence the conduct of European law.Linking Arms Togetherrecovers a deeper understanding of how Indians tried to forge a new society with whites on the multicultural frontiers of North America-an understanding that may enlighten our own task of protecting Native American rights and imagining racial justice.
""Linking Arms Together is a small book with a large message. Investigating Native American treaty negotiations with European colonists, Robert Williams, Jr., has found in that diplomatic culture certain habits of thought that helped natives and newcomers, in their better moments, find common ground, and a common humanity. His exploration of that long-ago world when diverse peoples struggled to get along offers important lessons for our own multicultural age."
-James H. Merrell, Vassar College
..."makes a good start at reconstructing Indian legal thought...well worth reading for anyone interested in the relationship between law and multiculturalism."
- "Western Historical Quarterly
..."offers a compelling description of Indian diplomatic visions and methods...a rich addition to the literature.."
-Jill Norgren, "The Law and Politics Review