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The settlers' empire : colonialism and state formation in America's Old Northwest / Bethel Saler.

Saler, Bethel, (author.).

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Early American studies.
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780812224610 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0812224612 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: 382 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2015]

Content descriptions

General Note:
The Northwest Territory (Old Northwest) consisted of the region between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and the Great Lakes.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [311]-361) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The national state faces west -- The first federal colonialism in the lower northwest -- The treaty polity -- Exchanging economies -- A "peculiarly missionary ground" -- The cornerstones of marriage and family -- State of imagination -- Epilogue: The historical present.
Summary, etc.:
"The 1783 Treaty of Paris, which officially recognized the United States as a sovereign republic, also doubled the territorial girth of the original thirteen colonies. The fledgling nation now stretched from the coast of Maine to the Mississippi River and up to the Great Lakes. With this dramatic expansion, argues author Bethel Saler, the United States simultaneously became a postcolonial republic and gained a domestic empire. The competing demands of governing an empire and a republic inevitably collided in the early American West. The Settlers' Empire traces the first federal endeavor to build states wholesale out of the Northwest Territory, a process that relied on overlapping colonial rule over Euro-American settlers and the multiple Indian nations in the territory. These entwined administrations involved both formal institution building and the articulation of dominant cultural customs that, in turn, served also to establish boundaries of citizenship and racial difference. In the Northwest Territory, diverse populations of newcomers and Natives struggled over the region's geographical and cultural definition in areas such as religion, marriage, family, gender roles, and economy. The success or failure of state formation in the territory thus ultimately depended on what took place not only in the halls of government but also on the ground and in the everyday lives of the region's Indians, Francophone creoles, Euro- and African Americans, and European immigrants. In this way, The Settlers' Empire speaks to historians of women, gender, and culture, as well as to those interested in the early national state, the early West, settler colonialism, and Native history."--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Statehood (American politics) > History.
Indians of North America > Government relations.
Indians of North America > Northwest, Old.
Indians of North America > Wisconsin.
Northwest, Old > History > 1775-1865.
Wisconsin > History > To 1848.
United States > Territorial expansion > History.
Northwest, Old > Politics and government > 1775-1865.
Wisconsin > Politics and government > To 1848.

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Early American studies.

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