The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians

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U of Nebraska Press, 1986 - History - 426 pages
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"This is Francis Paul Prucha's magnum opus. It is a great work. . . . This study will . . . [be] a standard by which other studies of American Indian affairs will be judged. American Indian history needed this book, has long awaited it, and rejoices at its publication".-American Indian Culture and Research Journal. "The author's detailed analysis of two centuries of federal policy makes The Great Father indispensable reading for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of American Indian policy".-Journal of American History. "Written in an engaging fashion, encompassing an extraordinary range of material, devoting attention to themes as well as to chronological narration, and presenting a wealth of bibliographical information, it is an essential text for all students and scholars of American Indian history and anthropology".-Oregon Historical Quarterly. "A monumental endeavor, rigorously researched and carefully written. . . . It will remain for decades as an indispensable reference tool and a compendium of knowledge pertaining to United States-Indian relations".-Western Historical Quarterly. "Perhaps the crowning achievement of Prucha's scholarly career".-Vine Deloria Jr., America.
  

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Contents

The Colonial Experience
1
Years Following
13
Regulating Trade and Intercourse
31
The Policy of Indian Removal
64
The Aftermath of Removal
94
American Expansion and Indian Affairs
108
Military Challenge
167
Indian Reservations
181
Education and Health
280
The Indians Land
295
An Indian New Deal
311
Rounding Out the New Deal
326
The Termination Era
340
A New Day for the Indians
357
Indian SelfDetermination
374
Americas Unfinished Business
393

The New Christian Reformers
198
The Reservations and Reform
211
Severalty Law and Education
224
The Indian Service
242
17 The Indian Territory
252
The Nations Wards
263

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Francis Paul Prucha, S.J., a leading authority on American Indian policy and the author of more than a dozen other books, is an emeritus professor of history at Marquette University.

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