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American Indian holocaust and survival : a population history since 1492

Author: Russell Thornton
Publisher: Norman ; London : University of Oklahoma Press, 1990, ©1987.
Series: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 186.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This demographic overview of North American Indian history describes in detail the holocaust that, even today, white Americans tend to dismiss as an unfortunate concomitant of Manifest Destiny. They wish to forget that, as Euro-Americans invaded North America and prospered in the "New World," the numbers of native peoples declined sharply; entire tribes, often in the space of a few years, were "wiped from the face  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Russell Thornton
ISBN: 080612220X 9780806122205 0806120746 9780806120744
OCLC Number: 21228332
Notes: Originally published: 1987.
Description: xx, 292 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Arrivals in the Western Hemisphere --
American Indian population in 1492 --
Overview of decline: 1492-1890-1900 --
Three hundred years of decline: 1500-1800 --
Decline to nadir: 1800-1900 --
Great ghost dances --
American Indian population recovery: 1900 to today --
Population recovery and the definition and enumeration of American Indians --
Urbanization of American Indians --
Appendix Native American population history of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland --
References --
Index.
Series Title: Civilization of the American Indian series, v. 186.
Responsibility: by Russell Thornton.

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"This demographic overview of North American Indian history describes in detail the holocaust that, even today, white Americans tend to dismiss as an unfortunate concomitant of Manifest Destiny. They wish to forget that, as Euro-Americans invaded North America and prospered in the "New World," the numbers of native peoples declined sharply; entire tribes, often in the space of a few years, were "wiped from the face of the earth." The fires of the holocaust that consumed American Indians blazed in the fevers of newly encountered diseases, the flash of settlers' and soldiers' guns, the ravages of "firewater," and the scorched-earth policies of the white invaders. Russell Thornton describes how the holocaust had as its causes disease, warfare and genocide, removal and relocation, and destruction of aboriginal ways of life. Until recently most scholars seemed reluctant to speculate about North American Indian populations in 1492. In this book Thornton discusses in detail how many Indians there were, where they had come from, and how modern scholarship in many disciplines may enable us to make more accurate estimates of aboriginal populations."--Amazon.com prod. desc.

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