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Indian Nation Native American Literature and Nineteenth-Century Nationalisms by Cheryl Walker

Indian Nation Native American Literature and Nineteenth-Century Nationalisms

Part of the New Americanists Series


Indian Nation Native American Literature and Nineteenth-Century Nationalisms by Cheryl Walker

Indian Nation documents the contributions of Native Americans to the notion of American nationhood and to concepts of American identity at a crucial, defining time in U.S. history. Departing from previous scholarship, Cheryl Walker turns the usual questions on their heads, asking not how whites experienced indigenous peoples, but how Native Americans envisioned the United States as a nation. This project unfolds a narrative of participatory resistance in which Indians themselves sought to transform the discourse of nationhood. Walker examines the rhetoric and writings of nineteenth-century Native Americans, including William Apess, Black Hawk, George Copway, John Rollin Ridge, and Sarah Winnemucca. Demonstrating with unique detail how these authors worked to transform venerable myths and icons of American identity, Indian Nation chronicles Native American participation in the forming of an American nationalism in both published texts and speeches that were delivered throughout the United States. Pottawattomie Chief Simon Pokagon's The Red Man's Rebuke, an important document of Indian oratory, is published here in its entirety for the first time since 1893. By looking at this writing through the lens of the best theoretical work on nationality, postcoloniality, and the subaltern, Walker creates a new and encompassing picture of the relationship between Native Americans and whites. She shows that, contrary to previous studies, America in the nineteenth century was intercultural in significant ways.


Cheryl Walker demonstrates the integral parts played by native Americans in the development of the nineteenth-century American discourse about nationality. Not only does this important scholarly work remind us how fundamentally democratic institutions are indebted to native American cultures, it also teaches us that native Americans have been actively and complexly involved in the crucial political debates of our modernity. Indian Nation helps dismantle the odious but persistent myth of the `Vanishing American.' -John Carlos Rowe, University of California, Irvine Indian Nation offers thorough scholarship, good sense, and a clear style. The insightful overviews and fine brief accounts of Pearce, Slotkin, and Rogin are particularly valuable. -Arnold Krupat, Sarah Lawrence College

About the Author

Cheryl Walker is Richard Armour Professor of Modern Languages and Director of the Humanities Institute at Scripps College. She is the author of The Nightingale's Burden: Women Poets and American Culture Before 1900.

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Publication date

25th April 1997


Cheryl Walker

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Duke University Press


280 pages


Literary studies: general
Ethnic studies



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