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The Chiefs Now in This City: Indians and the Urban Frontier in Early America

Colin Calloway


In contrast to many popular and some academic histories that portray Indians retreating as cities grow in North America, this book recovers the forgotten stories of the many Indian people who traveled, primarily on diplomatic business, to the cities of colonial America and the early Republic—what they did there, how they were viewed, and what they made of it all. Violent resistance was just one of many responses to colonialism; in this book, Indian people who visit colonial cities for negotiations also go out on the town. They see the sights, sit down to dinner, attend church, go to the theate ... More

Keywords: travel, diplomacy, cultural exchange, leadership, urban life, disease, perceptions, performance, representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197547656
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197547656.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Calloway, author
John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Native American Studies, Dartmouth College