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Oxford University Press, USA

The Chiefs Now in This City: Indians and the Urban Frontier in Early America

The Chiefs Now in This City: Indians and the Urban Frontier in Early America

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During the years of the Early Republic, prominent Native leaders regularly traveled to American cities--Albany, Boston, Charleston, Philadelphia, Montreal, Quebec, New York, and New Orleans--primarily on diplomatic or trade business, but also from curiosity and adventurousness. They were
frequently referred to as the Chiefs now in this city during their visits, which were sometimes for extended periods of time. Indian people spent a lot of time in town. Colin Calloway, National Book Award finalist and one of the foremost chroniclers of Native American history, has gathered
together the accounts of these visits and from them created a new narrative of the country's formative years, redefining what has been understood as the frontier.

Calloway's book captures what Native peoples observed as they walked the streets, sat in pews, attended plays, drank in taverns, and slept in hotels and lodging houses. In the Eastern cities they experienced an urban frontier, one in which the Indigenous world met the Atlantic world. Calloway's book
reveals not just what Indians saw but how they were seen. Crowds gathered to see them, sometimes to gawk; people attended the theatre to watch "the Chiefs now in this city" watch a play.

Their experience enriches and redefines standard narratives of contact between the First Americans and inhabitants of the American Republic, reminding us that Indian people dealt with non-Indians in multiple ways and in multiple places. The story of the country's beginnings was not only one of
violent confrontation and betrayal, but one in which the nation's identity was being forged by interaction between and among cultures and traditions.

Author: Colin Calloway
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Published: 06/01/2021
Pages: 480
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.23lbs
Size: 9.40h x 6.40w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9780197547656

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 02/22/2021
Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2021

About the Author

Colin G. Calloway is John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. He is the author of several books, most recently The Indian World of George Washington (OUP 2018), which was a National Book Award Finalist, and which won the Excellence in American
History Book Award from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the George Washington Book Prize.

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