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Exemplar of liberty : native America and the evolution of democracy
Grinde, Donald A., 1946-
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Publication Information:
Los Angeles, Calif. : American Indian Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles, [1991]

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xxv, 320 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Collins Library E98.T77 G75 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Nonfiction. Native American Studies. A definitive study of how the founders of the United states combined European, American and Indian ideas into a new political system.

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This book advances an interpretation presented separately by each author in earlier works, Grinde in The Iroquois and the Founding of the American Nation (1977) and Johansen in Forgotten Founders: Benjamin Franklin, the Iroquois, and the Rationale for the American Revolution (CH, Mar'83). Here the authors develop the thesis that "the character of American democracy evolved importantly (although, of course, not solely) from the examples provided by the American Indian Confederacies that bordered the British colonies." The American political experience is examined for traces of Native American influence in 12 chapters that encompass US history from the Plymouth colony to the Constitutional Convention. As Grinde and Johansen admit in the preface, their viewpoint is a controversial one, not accepted by all scholars in the fields of history, ethnohistory, and anthropology. The publication is best suited for research libraries where readers will find available the sources appropriate for comparison and analysis. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-J. H. O'Donnell III, Marietta College

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