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    Native America and the Question of Genocide - Alex Alvarez
    Call Number: E 93 .A42 2014
    ISBN: 9781442225817
    Publication Date: 2014-03-14
    Did Native Americans suffer genocide? This controversial question lies at the heart of Native America and the Question of Genocide. After reviewing the various meanings of the word genocide, author Alex Alvarez examines a range of well-known examples, such as the Sand Creek Massacre and the Long Walk of the Navajo, to determine where genocide occurred and where it did not. The book explores the destructive beliefs of the European settlers and then looks at topics including disease, war, and education through the lens of genocide.

    Native America and the Question of Genocide shows the diversity of Native American experiences post contact and illustrates how tribes relied on ever-evolving and changing strategies of confrontation and accommodation, depending on their location, the time period, and individuals involved, and how these often resulted in very different experiences. Alvarez treats this difficult subject with sensitivity and uncovers the complex realities of this troubling period in American history.

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    The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast - Andrew Lipman
    Call Number: E 78 .N5 L57 2015
    ISBN: 9780300207668
    Publication Date: 2015-11-03
    A fascinating new perspective on Native seafaring and colonial violence in the seventeenth-century American Northeast, Andrew Lipman's eye-opening first book is the previously untold story of how the ocean became a "frontier" between colonists and Indians. When the English and Dutch empires both tried to claim the same patch of coast between the Hudson River and Cape Cod, the sea itself became the arena of contact and conflict. During the violent European invasions, the region's Algonquian-speaking Natives were navigators, boat builders, fishermen, pirates, and merchants who became active players in the emergence of the Atlantic World.

    Drawing from a wide range of English, Dutch, and archaeological sources, Lipman uncovers a new geography of Native America that incorporates seawater as well as soil. Looking past Europeans' arbitrary land boundaries, he reveals unseen links between local episodes and global events on distant shores. Extensively researched and elegantly written, this latest addition to Yale's seventeenth-century American history list brings the early years of New England and New York vividly to life.

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