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Linking Arms Together : American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1600-1800 - Robert A. Williams

Linking Arms Together

American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1600-1800

Paperback Published: 7th October 1999
ISBN: 9780415925778
Number Of Pages: 204

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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.

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""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

Introduction: Paradigms for Behaviorp. 3
National Mythologies and American Indiansp. 14
Treaties as Sacred Textsp. 40
Treaties as Connectionsp. 62
Treaties as Storiesp. 83
Treaties as Constitutionsp. 98
Conclusion: Understanding American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peacep. 124
Notesp. 139
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9780415925778
ISBN-10: 0415925770
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 7th October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.42  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1