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Red Gentlemen and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American Frontier (review)

Red Gentlemen and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American... BOOK REVIEWS avid Andrew Nichols. Red Gentlemen and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American Frontier. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008. Pp. xi, 268, index. Cloth $39.50.) From the moment of reading the title, the reader is jolted awake and forced to reevaluate many misconceptions about the early development of the United States. Nichols reinvigorates the detailed historiography of early United States policies toward Native Americans with a discussion of a complicated web of government, settler and Indian characters, each with their own self-interests and human motivations. More broadly, Nichols analyzes the political culture of the United States from the pointof-view of three divergent groups: elected federal officials in the east, white settlers in the backcountry, and various Indian groups in the west. In many ways, the narrative focuses on the odd and frequently unstable alliances between eighteenth century Indians and the fledgling United States government and the problems pennsylvania history: a journal of mid-atlantic studies, vol. 77, no. 3, 2010. Copyright © 2010 The Pennsylvania Historical Association pennsylvania history both had dealing with white settlers in the west. The contradictions and mixed messages sent by Native Americans, government officials and so http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies Penn State University Press

Red Gentlemen and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American Frontier (review)

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BOOK REVIEWS avid Andrew Nichols. Red Gentlemen and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American Frontier. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008. Pp. xi, 268, index. Cloth $39.50.) From the moment of reading the title, the reader is jolted awake and forced to reevaluate many misconceptions about the early development of the United States. Nichols reinvigorates the detailed historiography of early United States policies toward Native Americans with a discussion of a complicated web of government, settler and Indian characters, each with their own self-interests and human motivations. More broadly, Nichols analyzes the political culture of the United States from the pointof-view of three divergent groups: elected federal officials in the east, white settlers in the backcountry, and various Indian groups in the west. In many ways, the narrative focuses on the odd and frequently unstable alliances between eighteenth century Indians and the fledgling United States government and the problems pennsylvania history: a journal of mid-atlantic studies, vol. 77, no. 3, 2010. Copyright © 2010 The Pennsylvania Historical Association pennsylvania history both had dealing with white settlers in the west. The contradictions and mixed messages sent by Native Americans, government officials and so

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Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Jul 16, 2010

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