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Apologies to the Iroquois with A Study of the Mohawks in High Steel

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This book is one of the most thorough and comprehensive ethnographic studies ever done. Edmund Wilson examines the plight, life, history, and culture of the Iroquois in New York State.
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published 1960 by Farrar, Straus & Cudahy (first published 1959)
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Abigail
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Interested in the Iroquois Peoples
This volume contains two works, each of which pertain to the Iroquois peoples, and each of which appeared originally in the pages of The New Yorker magazine. The first is a short essay (30 pages, or so) entitled A Study of the Mohawks in High Steel by Joseph Mitchell. It traces the history of Mohawk involvement in the construction of high steel structures, from the 1886 railroad bridge built across the St. Lawrence by the Dominion Bridge Company, through the then-present day (I believe that this ...more
Chris
Feb 03, 2018 added it
This book is well-written reportage of the Iroquois nations, their dances and customs, and their struggles for recognition and efforts against Power Authorities, New York State, The Federal Government, The Canadian Government, to maintain the land that remains theirs. It often involves invoking 200 year old treaties.
Written in the late 1950s, I reflected on the current struggles, in the Dakotas particularly, for access to water, and sovereignty. The US government policies toward Native Americans
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Malcolm
Some time on the middle of summer, 1957, the writer Edmund Wilson was asked by a visiting British writer about Native Americans (still called Indians) in New York state, and the whereabouts of the Mohicans. Wilson replied that Mohicans were Mohawks, and that there were no 'Indians' left living in NY state. I've never been sure whether this series of New Yorker articles (published in book for in 1960) is an apology to the Iroquois for his ignorance (he was wrong on both counts) or for the centuri ...more
Tex-49
Interessante saggio sulla sugli Irochesi del 1960, la loro spiritualità, le loro condizioni di vita, le loro lotte per non perdere la propria identità.
Bertrand
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Très intéressante étude sur la place de la nation iroquoise dans l'Amérique du milieu du XXème siècle. Malheureusement, ce classique trouve encore de nos jours un écho sinistre quant au sort réservé aux autochtones (voir en ce sens l'article ci-joint http://www.lemonde.fr/m-moyen-format/... ). ...more
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Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Edmund Wilson was an American writer and literary and social critic. He is considered by many to have been the 20th century's preeminent American man of letters.

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