White People, Indians and Highlanders: Tribal Peoples and Colonial Encounters in Scotland and America

SKU: 9780199737826

Colin G. Calloway
Grade Levels:
College, University
Multiple Nations
Book Type:
Oxford University Press

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White People, Indians, and Highlanders: Tribal Peoples and Colonial Encounters in Scotland and America by Dartmouth College's Professor of History Colin Calloway examines the parallels and contrasts between the experiences of Highland Scots and Native Americans as the cultures encountered British colonialism and market capitalism. Both Highland clans and Native American societies underwent parallel experiences on the peripheries of Britain's empire, and often encountered one another on the frontier. Indeed, Highlanders and Native Americans fought, traded, and lived together. Both groups were treated as tribal peoples remnants of a barbaric past and eventually forced from their ancestral lands as their traditional food sources cattle in the Highlands and bison on the Great Plains were decimated to make way for livestock farming. In a familiar pattern, the cultures that conquered them would later romanticize the very ways of life they had destroyed. White People, Indians, and Highlanders illustrates how these groups alternately resisted and accommodated the cultural and economic assault of colonialism, before their eventual dispossession during the Highland Clearances and Indian Removals. What emerges is a finely-drawn portrait of how Indigenous peoples with their own rich identities experienced cultural change, economic transformation, and demographic dislocation amidst the growing power of the British and American empires. The book contains archival photographs, source notes, and an index.

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