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Indians' New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact Through the Era of Removal

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This book is an eloquent account of the native peoples of the Carolina piedmont who became known as the Catawba Nation. James Merrell brings the Catawbas more fully into American history by tracing how they underwent that most fundamental of American experiences: adapting to a new world. Arguing that European colonists and African slaves created a society that was as alien ...more
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published June 27th 1989 by University of North Carolina Press (first published January 1989)
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Michael
This book is an expanded version of an article in WMG. James Merrell "The Indians' New World: The Catawba Experience" WMQ 41:4 (October 1984), 537-65.

This article, published 2 years after the author's dissertation in 1982, captures the essentials of book published a few years later. Starting with the basic premise that the world of native populations was as much transformed by contact as any Europeans', this article examines changes wrought by contact on the peoples of the Virginia and Carolina
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Bradley
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: native-history
Merrell's classic work is the standard for what has become known as the "New Indian History."
Michael Auger
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at the transformation of the Catawba Indians, from the beginning of European colonization until well after the Revolutionary war.
Ben
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book for my Native American History class. It was a relatively easy read and had numerous primary sources that added greatly to the validity of the points made in the study.
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James Hart Merrell, the Lucy Maynard Salmon Professor of History at Vassar College, was born and raised in Minnesota. Professor Merrell is one of the leading scholars of early American history, and has written extensively on Native American history during the colonial era. Professor Merrell is one of only five historians to be awarded the Bancroft Prize twice.
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