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US Presidents and the Destruction of the Native American Nations

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Relevant for courses in Native American studies, Indigenous populations, the presidency, history, and political science

  • Represents the first academic work to cover the history of relations between Native Americans and each US president

  • Offers a unique collaboration between two authors with expertise in presidency studies and Native American studies

Part of the book series: The Evolving American Presidency (EAP)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: Building an “Empire of Reason” on Stolen Land

    • Michael A. Genovese, Alysa Landry
    Pages 1-7
  3. Europeans Arrive in the (Not-So) New World

    • Michael A. Genovese, Alysa Landry
    Pages 9-26
  4. The Jacksonian Hammer: Andrew Jackson to James Buchanan

    • Michael A. Genovese, Alysa Landry
    Pages 67-103
  5. Civil War and Manifest Destiny: Abraham Lincoln to Benjamin Harrison

    • Michael A. Genovese, Alysa Landry
    Pages 105-138
  6. America: A World/Imperial Power—William McKinley to Herbert Hoover

    • Michael A. Genovese, Alysa Landry
    Pages 139-170
  7. The Rise of the Global Superpower: FDR to Kennedy

    • Michael A. Genovese, Alysa Landry
    Pages 171-196
  8. Conclusion

    • Michael A. Genovese, Alysa Landry
    Pages 251-254
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 255-265

About this book

This book examines how the United States government, through the lens of presidential leadership, has tried to come to grips with the many and complex issues pertaining to relations with Indigenous peoples, who occupied the land long before the Europeans arrived. The historical relationship between the US government and Native American communities reflects many of the core contradictions and difficulties the new nation faced as it tried to establish itself as a legitimate government and fend off rival European powers, including separation of powers, the role of Westward expansion and Manifest Destiny, and the relationship between diplomacy and war in the making of the United States. The authors’ analysis touches on all US presidents from George Washington to Donald Trump, with sections devoted to each president. Ultimately, they consider what historical and contemporary relations between the government and native peoples reveal about who we are and how we operate as a nation.

Michael A. Genovese is President of the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University, USA.

Alysa Landry is Assistant Professor of English at Diné College, Arizona, USA.

Keywords

  • Native American policy
  • Presidency studies
  • Indian policy
  • imperialism
  • manifest destiny
  • American Indians
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Indigenous Politics
  • American Presidents
  • presidential power
  • violence
  • genocide
  • racism
  • American history
  • treaty-making
  • expansionism
  • Civil War
  • assimilation policy
  • Civil Rights Era
  • government-Indian relations

Authors and Affiliations

  • Political Science and International Relations, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA

    Michael A. Genovese

  • School of Arts, Humanities, and English, Diné College, Tsaile, USA

    Alysa Landry

About the authors

Michael A. Genovese is President of the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University, USA.

Alysa Landry is Assistant Professor of English at Diné College, Arizona, USA.


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USD 84.99
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Hardcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)