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The Gods of Indian Country: Religion and the Struggle for the American West by Jennifer Graber (review)

The Gods of Indian Country: Religion and the Struggle for the American West by Jennifer Graber... White Southerners from the End of Slavery to Civil Rights (Oxford University Press, 2018). The Gods of Indian Country: Religion and the Struggle for the American West. By Jennifer Graber. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. 312. Cloth, $29.95.) Seeking to challenge notions of U.S. exceptionalism, historians of the nineteenth-century American West have in recent years replaced older frameworks such as “conquest” and “expansionism” with newer models, especially “empire” and “settler colonialism.” This shift encourages trans- national comparisons and invokes global contexts. Despite the centrality of religion to imperial and settler colonial projects worldwide, Western scholars have largely neglected religion as a causal force. Jennifer Graber’s excellent The Gods of Indian Country demonstrates religion’s power in shaping the trajectories of settler colonialism and U.S. empire-building. She convincingly argues that religion was crucial to the processes of dis- possession, subjugation, and attempted cultural genocide that Native Americans faced and resisted during the nineteenth century. Graber focuses on the history of the Kiowas, tracing their encounters with various groups of Americans on the southern plains from 1803 to 1903. Often allied with the Comanches, Kiowas opposed U.S. colonialism in numerous ways during that century both before and after being forced http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

The Gods of Indian Country: Religion and the Struggle for the American West by Jennifer Graber (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 9 (4) – Dec 5, 2019

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White Southerners from the End of Slavery to Civil Rights (Oxford University Press, 2018). The Gods of Indian Country: Religion and the Struggle for the American West. By Jennifer Graber. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. 312. Cloth, $29.95.) Seeking to challenge notions of U.S. exceptionalism, historians of the nineteenth-century American West have in recent years replaced older frameworks such as “conquest” and “expansionism” with newer models, especially “empire” and “settler colonialism.” This shift encourages trans- national comparisons and invokes global contexts. Despite the centrality of religion to imperial and settler colonial projects worldwide, Western scholars have largely neglected religion as a causal force. Jennifer Graber’s excellent The Gods of Indian Country demonstrates religion’s power in shaping the trajectories of settler colonialism and U.S. empire-building. She convincingly argues that religion was crucial to the processes of dis- possession, subjugation, and attempted cultural genocide that Native Americans faced and resisted during the nineteenth century. Graber focuses on the history of the Kiowas, tracing their encounters with various groups of Americans on the southern plains from 1803 to 1903. Often allied with the Comanches, Kiowas opposed U.S. colonialism in numerous ways during that century both before and after being forced

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Dec 5, 2019

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