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Handbook of the American frontier : four centuries of Indian-White relationships /

Main Author: Heard, J. Norman 1922-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1987
Series: Native American resources series ; no. 1
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Review by Choice Review

Heard's background (he is a librarian and writer on the American Indian and the Southwest) lends credibility to this work, as do the members of the advisory board for the series, all of whom are recognized authorities on Native American research and bibliography. This work treats the tribes included in J.R. Swanton's Indians of the Southeastern United States (CH, Nov '69), and aims to provide in one place a nonbiased dictionary of American Indians, missionaries, frontier families, and events from the first white settlements to the end of the Indian wars. Each entry contains, besides basic information, cross-references to related entries and citations to sources used. Because of time limitations, Heard did not consult government publications, newspapers, or archives. An index, which will cover all volumes of the Handbook, is not yet published. Heard handles the problems of bias, conflicting information, and nomenclature well. He uses Dictionary of American History (8v., rev.ed., 1976) to resolve conflicting information where possible, and gives cross-references for tribal and personal names throughout the book. He provides an astonishing amount of elusive information, including some on women, blacks, and captives. Highly recommended. -D. D. Siles, Syracuse University

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Review by Library Journal Review

This handbook pulls together hard-to-locate information on the events and participants, white and Indian, important to Indian-white relations in the southeast during the frontier era. Included in its alphabetical entries are brief histories of all known southeastern tribes and descriptions of treaties, wars, and captivities. Unfortunately, some old stereotypes prevail (e.g., Indians ``massacre'' their enemies). Nevertheless, this book promises to be a useful reference tool in public and academic American history collections. The first of five volumes, this is also the first of a new series. Recommended. Mary B. Davis, Museum of the American Indian Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.