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Facing East from Indian Country by Daniel K. Richter
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Mar 19, 09

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Really brilliant. All of the familiar stories--contact, Pocahontas, King Philip--with a 180 degree spin, with a lot of unfamiliar stories--indigenous trade networks, the Indian face of the imperial wars--that radically reorients the story of American history. It's a shame that it ends with Indian Removal in Jacksonian America, rather than tracking the story beyond the Mississippi, because I'm sure that Richter would do some magic with those "familiar" stories too. But it does say "Early America" in the title, so it's hard to complain about that.
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