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Domestic Subjects

Beth H. Piatote, Ned Blackhawk, and Kate Shanley


Amid the decline of U.S. military campaigns against Native Americans in the late nineteenth century, assimilation policy arose as the new front in the Indian Wars, with its weapons the deployment of culture and law, and its locus the American Indian home and family. In this interdisciplinary work, the author tracks the double movement of literature and law in the contest over the aims of settler-national domestication and the defense of tribal-national culture, political rights, and territory.

Keywords: Native Americans, military campaigns, assimilation policy, Indian Wars, tribal-national culture, law, political rights, family, literature, settler-national domestication

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300171570
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300171570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beth H. Piatote, author

Ned Blackhawk, editor

Kate Shanley, editor

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