A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815

A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815

Gregory Evans Dowd / Apr 04, 2020

A Spirited Resistance The North American Indian Struggle for Unity In the early s when once powerful North American Indian peoples were being driven west across the Mississippi a Shawnee prophet collapsed into a deep sleep When he awoke he told friends and fam

  • Title: A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815
  • Author: Gregory Evans Dowd
  • ISBN: 9780801846090
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the early 1800s, when once powerful North American Indian peoples were being driven west across the Mississippi, a Shawnee prophet collapsed into a deep sleep When he awoke, he told friends and family of his ascension to Indian heaven, where his grandfather had given him a warning Beware of the religion of the white man every Indian who embraces it is obliged to takIn the early 1800s, when once powerful North American Indian peoples were being driven west across the Mississippi, a Shawnee prophet collapsed into a deep sleep When he awoke, he told friends and family of his ascension to Indian heaven, where his grandfather had given him a warning Beware of the religion of the white man every Indian who embraces it is obliged to take the road to the white man s heaven and yet no red man is permitted to enter there, but will have to wander about forever without a resting place The events leading to this vision are the subject of A Spirited Resistance, the poignant story of the Indian movement to challenge Anglo American expansionism Departing from the traditional confines of the history of American Indians, Gregory Evans Dowd carefully draws on ethnographic sources to recapture the beliefs, thoughts, and actions of four principal Indian nations Delaware, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Creek The result is a sensitive portrayal of the militant Indians often led by prophets who came to conceive of themselves as a united people, and launched an intertribal campaign to resist the Anglo American forces.Dowd also uncovers the Native American opposition to the movement for unity That opposition, he finds, was usually the result of divisions within Indian communities rather than intertribal rivalry In fact, Dowd argues, intertribal enmity had little to do with the ultimate failure of the Indian struggle it was division within Indian communities, colonial influence on Indian government, and the sheer force of the Anglo American campaign that brought the Indian resistance movement to an end An evocative history of long frustration and ultimate failure, A Spirited Resistance tells of a creative people, whose insights, magic, and ritual add a much needed dimension to our understanding of the American Indian.

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        Gregory Evans Dowd is a professor of history and American culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


    138 Comments

    1. Dowd writes a great, transnational, longue durée look at the influence of prophets and Indian religious narratives (often shared nearly wholesale between different nations) on politics and warfare from 1745 to 1816. A bit dated now, with little female representation, but still groundbreaking.


    2. Dowd's "A Spirited Resistance" provides some examples of considering "history that didn't happen."For every account of "history that happened" there might be a complementary book of "history that didn't happen."It's important to emphasize that people and groups in the past continually faced decision options and critical choices and conflicting imperatives to act, as we do now. People and groups in the past continually made unique decisions in the face of uncertainties and competing exigencies, a [...]


    3. Gregory Dowd provides an interesting look at how native Americans banded together against Europeans and the United States in his book A Spirited Resistance. This book tracks the major gatherings and prophets that met to try and unify Indians across familial and tribal lines. While many were not successful there was inter-regional collaboration which provided a new dimension to Indian affairs. One of the unique aspects of this book is that it shows the European classification of each tribe as a n [...]


    4. I have been looking forward to reading this book for a long time, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Dowd's thesis is innovative, interesting and provides a vital perspective to the field, but there were more characters and groups of people in this book than a Russian novel and I found it hard to follow a trajectory without getting consumed by the minutia. I may be slightly prejudiced, but I feel my adviser's book, which came out the year before this one, had much the same idea and [...]


    5. Considering that Daniel Richter has compared the complexity of Indian politics in the colonial period to post-Einsteinian physics, it is especially headache-inducing that Dowd writes such confusing sentences, where he is often too vague, using terms like "nativist" and "accommodationist" to refer to whether one sided with the British or the French or the United States in a way that shifts throughout the book but isn't really addressed or how he uses phrases like "the Shawnee prophet" to refer to [...]




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