The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest

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Oxford University Press, Nov 26, 1992 - Law - 368 pages
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Exploring the history of contemporary legal thought on the rights and status of the West's colonized indigenous tribal peoples, Williams here traces the development of the themes that justified and impelled Spanish, English, and American conquests of the New World.

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This was a very helpful overview of the whole sweep of Christian / European thinking about the rights or lack thereof of Indians. Very useful to understand the roots of the European views and the debates that unfolded on whether Indians should be natural slaves or were rational enough to be converted. One great quote from the book: "Law, which Europeans have long revered as their instrument of civilization, became the West’s perfect instrument of empire in the heart of darkness that was America." 


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Page 2 - The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.

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