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Firsting and Lasting – Writing Indians out of Existence in New England - Minnesota Scholarship Online
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Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England

Jean M. O'Brien


Across nineteenth-century New England, antiquarians and community leaders wrote hundreds of local histories about the founding and growth of their cities and towns. Ranging from pamphlets to multivolume treatments, these narratives shared a preoccupation with establishing the region as the cradle of an Anglo-Saxon nation and the center of a modern American culture. They also insisted, often in mournful tones, that New England’s original inhabitants, the Indians, had become extinct, even though many Indians still lived in the very towns being chronicled. This book argues that local histories be ... More

Keywords: nineteenth-century New England, Anglo-Saxon nation, modern American culture, Indians, Indian peoples, Indian extinction, American consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816665778
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean M. O'Brien, author
Associate Professor, History, University of Minnesota

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