This unique collection presents Native American perspectives on the events of the colonial era, from the first encounters between Indians and Europeans in the early seventeenth century through the American Revolution in the late eighteenth century. The documents collected here are drawn from letters, speeches, and records of treaty negotiations in which Indians addressed settlers. Colin Calloway's introduction discusses the nature of such sources and the problems of interpreting them and also analyzes the forces of change that were creating a "new world" for Native Americans during the colonial period. An overview introduces each chapter, and a headnote to each document comments on its context and significance. Maps, illustrations, a bibliography, and an index are also included.
An anthology of little-known and rarely considered letters, speeches, and records of treaty negotiations in which Native American addressed European settlers from the first encounters in the 17th century through the American Revolution. General and chapter introductions consider the nature of the sources, problems with interpreting them, and the forces that were creating a new world for natives during the colonial period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)