Conclusion: Understanding Early America

  • Carroll P. KakelIII


The book’s Conclusion summarizes Kakel’s explanation of early American history and suggests what we gain by seeing it in this fresh, post-exceptionalist perspective. It also reasserts the book’s main idea: early American history is a central part of—rather than an exception to—the emerging global histories of imperialism, colonialism, and genocide. It also reasserts its main argument: early American history is best understood as the story of a supplanting society, a society intent on a vast appropriation of Indigenous lands and resources and driven by a logic of elimination and a genocidal imperative to rid the new settler living space of its existing Indigenous inhabitants. And, finally, it also suggests that Indian wars became a template for US imperialism, as well as for other non-US imperial projects.


Imperialism Colonialism Genocide Frontier Violence Early America 

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  • Carroll P. KakelIII
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  1. 1.Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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