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Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks

Mark David Spence


This book examines the ideal of wilderness preservation in the United States from the antebellum era to the first half of the twentieth century, showing how the early conception of the wilderness as the place where Indians lived (or should live) gave way to the idealization of uninhabited wilderness. It focuses on specific policies of Indian removal developed at Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Glacier national parks from the early 1870s to the 1930s.

Keywords: wilderness, wilderness preservation, United States, Indians, idealization, Indian removal, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, national parks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195142433
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142433.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark David Spence, author
Knox College, Illinois