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Red Gentleman and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American Frontier , and: The Promise of Progress: The Life and Work of Lewis Henry Morgan (review)

Red Gentleman and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American... and intellectual life in the Old South and is titled ``Intellectual Manhood: Becoming Men of the Republic at a Southern University, 1795­1861.'' Red Gentleman and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American Frontier. By David Andrew Nichols. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008. Pp. 291. Cloth, $39.50.) The Promise of Progress: The Life and Work of Lewis Henry Morgan. By Daniel Noah Moses. (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2009. Pp. 332. Cloth, $47.50.) Reviewed by Brian Connolly The relationships between whites and Indians--political, cultural, social, economic; bathed in varying degrees of violence and sentimentality--have long held scholars' attention. How best to approach such encounters--how to figure the roles of violence, assimilation, negotiation, and power--has vexed scholars for just as long. Was the frontier a ``middle ground'' of contested, imperial negotiations or a site of violent dispossession, where whites unceremoniously expropriated land and life from indigenous populations? How does the emergent discipline of ethnography, intimately implicated in these relations, contribute to and challenge the expansion of the liberal, democratic nation­state? Two recent works approach these questions from quite different perspectives. David Andrew Nichols's Red Gentleman and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Red Gentleman and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American Frontier , and: The Promise of Progress: The Life and Work of Lewis Henry Morgan (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 30 (4) – Nov 26, 2010

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and intellectual life in the Old South and is titled ``Intellectual Manhood: Becoming Men of the Republic at a Southern University, 1795­1861.'' Red Gentleman and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American Frontier. By David Andrew Nichols. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008. Pp. 291. Cloth, $39.50.) The Promise of Progress: The Life and Work of Lewis Henry Morgan. By Daniel Noah Moses. (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2009. Pp. 332. Cloth, $47.50.) Reviewed by Brian Connolly The relationships between whites and Indians--political, cultural, social, economic; bathed in varying degrees of violence and sentimentality--have long held scholars' attention. How best to approach such encounters--how to figure the roles of violence, assimilation, negotiation, and power--has vexed scholars for just as long. Was the frontier a ``middle ground'' of contested, imperial negotiations or a site of violent dispossession, where whites unceremoniously expropriated land and life from indigenous populations? How does the emergent discipline of ethnography, intimately implicated in these relations, contribute to and challenge the expansion of the liberal, democratic nation­state? Two recent works approach these questions from quite different perspectives. David Andrew Nichols's Red Gentleman and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Nov 26, 2010

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