Native American Revolutions Bibliography

“Native American Revolutions” Bibliography

As our latest series comes to a close, Jason W. Herbert was kind enough to amass a list of seminal works on the roles that Native Americans played during the Age of the American Revolution. Explore the below list and suggest other works in the comments below!

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Alden, John Richard. The South in the Revolution, 1763-1789. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1957.

Anderson, Fred. The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War. New York: Viking Press, 2005.

Atkinson, James R. Splendid Land, Splendid People: The Chickasaw Indians to Removal. Tuscaloosa: University Alabama Press, 2003.

Barr, Daniel P. “Did Pennsylvania Have a Middle Ground? Examining Indian-White Relations on the Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania Frontier.” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 136, no. 4 (2012): 337-63.

Barr, Juliana. “There’s No Such Thing as ‘Prehistory’: What the Longue Durée of Caddo and Pueblo History Tells Us about Colonial America.” The William and Mary Quarterly 74, no. 2 (2017): 203-40.

Bickham, Troy. Savages within the Empire: Representations of American Indians in Eighteenth-Century Britain. New York:  Oxford University Press, 2005.

Belko, William S., ed. America’s Hundred Years’ War: U.S. Expansion to the Gulf Coast and the Fate of the Seminole, 1763–1858. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011.

Bickham, Troy. “‘A Conviction of the Reality of Things’: Material Culture, North American Indians and Empire in Eighteenth-Century Britain.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 39, no. 1 (2005): 29-47.

Boulware, Tyler. Deconstructing the Cherokee Nation: Town, Region, and Nation among Eighteenth-Century Cherokees. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011.

Braund, Kathryn E. Holland, ed. Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2012.

Calloway, Colin G. The American Revolution in Indian Country: Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Carpenter, Roger M. “From Indian Women to English Children: The Lenni-Lenape and the Attempt to Create a New Diplomatic Identity.” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 74, no. 1 (2007): 1-20.

Carson, James Taylor. Searching for the Bright Path: The Mississippi Choctaws from Prehistory to Removal. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003.

Caughey, John Walton, ed. McGillivray of the Creeks. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2007.

Corkran, David H. The Creek Frontier, 1540-1783. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1967.

Cotterill, Robert S. “The Virginia-Chickasaw Treaty of 1783.” The Journal of Southern History 8, no. 4 (1942): 483-96.

Countryman, Edward. “Indians, the Colonial Order, and the Social Significance of the American Revolution.” The William and Mary Quarterly 53, no. 2 (1996): 342-62.

Cumfer, Cynthia. Separate Peoples, One Land: The Minds of Cherokees, Blacks, and Whites on the Tennessee Frontier. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Daniel, Michelle. “From Blood Feud to Jury System; The Metamorphosis of Cherokee Law from 1750 to 1840.” American Indian Quarterly 11, no. 2 (1987): 97-125.

Danvers, Gail D. “Gendered Encounters: Warriors, Women, and William Johnson.” Journal of American Studies 35, no. 2 (2001): 187-202.

Daunton, Martin and Rich Halpern, eds.   Empire and Others: British Encounters with Indigenous Peoples, 1600-1850. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999.

Dowd, Gregory Evans. Groundless: Rumors, Legends, and Hoaxes on the Early American Frontier. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.

Dowd, Gregory Evans. A Spirited Resistance: The North American Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992.

Dowd, Gregory Evans. War under Heaven: Pontiac, the Indian Nations, and the British Empire. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

DuVal, Kathleen. The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists in the Heart of the Continent. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.

DuVal, Kathleen. Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution. New York: Random House, 2015.

Ethridge, Robbie. Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

Fenn, Elizabeth A. Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82. New York: Hill and Wang, 2001.

Fitz, Caitlin A. “‘Suspected on Both Sides’: Little Abraham, Iroquois Neutrality, and the American Revolution.” Journal of the Early Republic 28, no. 3 (2008): 299-335.

Frank, Andrew. Creeks and Southerners: Biculturalism on the Early American Frontier. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.

Frank, Andrew K. “Taking the State Out: Seminoles and Creeks in Late Eighteenth-Century Florida.” The Florida Historical Quarterly 84, no. 1 (2005): 10-27.

Frey, Sylvia R. “Rethinking the American Revolution.” The William and Mary Quarterly 53, no. 2 (1996): 367-72.

Fullagar, Kate. The Savage Visit: New World People and Popular Imperial Culture in Britain, 1710-1795 Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.

Furstenberg, François. “The Significance of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier in Atlantic History.” The American Historical Review 113, no. 3 (2008): 647-77.

Galloway, Patricia. “‘So Many Little Republics’”: British Negotiations with the Choctaw Confederacy, 1765.” Ethnohistory 41, no. 4 (1994): 513-37.

Glatthaar, Joseph T., and James Kirby Martin.  Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution. New York:  Hill and Wang, 2006.

Godbeer, Richard “Eroticizing the Middle Ground: Anglo-Indian Sexual Relations along the Eighteenth-Century Frontier.” In Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History, edited by Martha Hodes, 91-111. New York: New York University Press, 1999.

Gould, Eliga. “Independence and Interdependence: The American Revolution and the Problem of Postcolonial Nationhood, circa 1802.” The William and Mary Quarterly 74, no. 4 (2017): 729-52.

Graymont, Barbara. The Iroquois in the American Revolution. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1972.

Griffin, Patrick. American Leviathan: Empire, Nation, and Revolutionary Frontier. New York: Hill and Wang, 2007.

Holton, Woody. Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Hopkins, Vivian C. “De Witt Clinton and the Iroquois.” Ethnohistory 8, no. 2 (1961): 113-43.

Hudson, Angela Pulley. Creek Paths and Federal Roads: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves and the Making of the American South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Ingram, Daniel. Indians and British Outposts in Eighteenth-Century America. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012.

Jasanoff, Maya. Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

Juricek, John T. Endgame for Empire: British-Creek Relations in Georgia and Vicinity, 1763-1776. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015.

Kelsay, Isabel Thompson. Joseph Brant, 1743-1807: Man of Two Worlds. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1984.

Lakomäki, Sami. Gathering Together: The Shawnee People through Diaspora and Nationhood, 1600–1870. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.

LeMaster, Michelle. Brothers Born of One Mother: British-Native American Relations in the Colonial Southeast. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012.

Levinson, David. “An Explanation for the Oneida-Colonist Alliance in the American Revolution.” Ethnohistory 23, no. 3 (1976): 265-89.

Lyons, Scott Richard. X-Marks: Native Signatures of Assent. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Mandell, Daniel R. “Shifting Boundaries of Race and Ethnicity: Indian-Black Intermarriage in Southern New England, 1760-1880.” The Journal of American History 85, no. 2 (1998): 466-501.

McDonnell, Michael. Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of AmericaNew York: Hill and Wang, 2015.

Merrell, James H. The Indians’ New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal, 20th Anniversary Edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Merrell, James H. “Second Thoughts on Colonial Historians and American Indians.” The William and Mary Quarterly 69, no. 3 (2012): 451-512.

Merrell, James H. “Some Thoughts on Colonial Historians and American Indians.” The William and Mary Quarterly 46, no. 1 (1989): 94-119.

Miller, Robert J. “American Indian Influence on the United States Constitution and Its Framers.” American Indian Law Review 18, no. 1 (1993): 133-60. 

Moore, Peter N. “The Local Origins of Allegiance in Revolutionary South Carolina: The Waxhaws as a Case Study.” The South Carolina Historical Magazine 107, no. 1 (2006): 26-41.

Mullin, Michael J. “Personal Politics: William Johnson and the Mohawks.” American Indian Quarterly 17, no. 3 (1993): 350-58.

Nelson, Larry B. A Man of Distinction Among Them:  Alexander McKee and British-Indian Affairs along the Ohio Country Frontier, 1754-1799. Kent, OH. Kent State University Press, 1999.

Nichols, David Andrew. Red Gentlemen and White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the American Frontier. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008.

Nichols, John L. “Alexander Cameron, British Agent among the Cherokee, 1764-1781.” The South Carolina Historical Magazine 97, no. 2 (1996): 94-114.

O’Brien, Greg. Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750-1830. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.

O’Brien, Greg. “The Conqueror Meets the Unconquered: Negotiating Cultural Boundaries on the Post-Revolutionary Southern Frontier.” The Journal of Southern History 67, no. 1 (2001): 39-72.

O’Brien, Greg., ed. Pre-Removal Choctaw History: Exploring New Paths. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008.

Osborn, George C. “Relations with the Indians in West Florida during the Administration of Governor Peter Chester, 1770-1781.” The Florida Historical Quarterly 31, no. 4 (1953): 239-72.

Ostler, Jeffrey. “‘To Extirpate the Indians’: An Indigenous Consciousness of Genocide in the Ohio Valley and Lower Great Lakes, 1750s–1810.” The William and Mary Quarterly 72, no. 4 (2015): 587-622.

O’Toole, Fintan. White Savage: William Johnson and the Invention of America. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.

Owens, Robert M. “Jean Baptiste Ducoigne, the Kaskaskias, and the Limits of Thomas Jefferson’s Friendship.” Journal of Illinois History vol. 5 no. 2 (Summer 2002), 109-136.

Owens, Robert M. Red Dreams, White Nightmares: Pan-Indian Alliances in the Anglo-American Mind, 1763–1815. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2015.

Papsdorf, Daniel.  “From Power to Profit: Natives and Non-natives in the Lower Mississippi Valley, 1763-1803.” Ph.D. dissertation, Duke University, 2017.

Parmenter, Jon. “Dragging Canoe (Tsi’yu-gûnsi’ni), Chickamauga Cherokee Patriot.” In The Human Tradition in the American Revolution, edited by Nancy L. Rhoden and Ian K. Steele. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1999.

Parmenter, Jon William. “Pontiac’s War: Forging New Links in the Anglo-Iroquois Covenant Chain, 1758-1766.” Ethnohistory 44, no. 4 (1997): 617-54.

Paulett, Robert. An Empire of Small Places: Mapping the Southeastern Anglo-Indian Trade, 1732-1795. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012.

Perdue, Theda. “Clan and Court: Another Look at the Early Cherokee Republic.” American Indian Quarterly 24, no. 4 (2000): 562-69.

Perdue, Theda. “Traditionalism in the Cherokee Nation: Resistance to the Constitution of 1827.” The Georgia Historical Quarterly 66, no. 2 (1982): 159-70.

Piecuch, Jim. Three Peoples, One King: Loyalists, Indians, and Slaves in the American Revolutionary South, 1775-1782. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2008.

Piker, Joshua. “Colonists and Creeks: Rethinking the Pre-Revolutionary Southern Backcountry.” The Journal of Southern History 70, no. 3 (August 1, 2004): 503–40.

Piker, Joshua. “’White & Clean’ & Contested: Creek Towns and Trading Paths in the Aftermath of the Seven Years’ War.” Ethnohistory 50, no. 2 (2003): 315–47.

Preston, David L. The Texture of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667–1783. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

Richter, Daniel K. Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Rindfleisch, Bryan. “’Our Lands Are Our Life and Breath’: Coweta, Cusseta, and the Struggle for Creek Territory and Sovereignty during the American Revolution.” Ethnohistory 60, No. 4 (Fall 2013): 581-603.

Rindfleisch, Bryan. “‘Possessed of the Most Extensive Trade, Connexions and Influence’ : The Atlantic Intimacies of an Eighteenth Century Indian Trader.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oklahoma, 2014.

Saunt, Claudio. A New Order of Things: Property, Power, and the Transformation of the Creek Indians, 1733-1816. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Saunt, Claudio. West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776. W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.

Schmidt, Ethan A. Native Americans in the American Revolution:  How the War Divided, Devastated, and Transformed the Early American Indian World. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2014.

Schutt, Amy C. Peoples of the River Valleys: The Odyssey of the Delaware Indians. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

Silver, Peter. Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed North America. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007.

Silverman, David J. “The Curse of God: An Idea and Its Origins among the Indians of New York’s Revolutionary Frontier.” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, 66, no. 3 (2009): 495-534.

Silverman, David J. Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native North America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016.

Sleeper-Smith, Susan. “‘[A]n Unpleasant Transaction on This Frontier’: Challenging Female Autonomy and Authority at Michilimackinac.” Journal of the Early Republic 25, no. 3 (2005): 417-43.

Smith, F. Todd. “A Native Response to the Transfer of Louisiana: The Red River Caddos and Spain, 1762-1803.” Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association 37, no. 2 (1996): 163-85.

Smithers, Gregory. The Cherokee Diaspora: An Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement, and Identity. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015.

Snapp, J. Russell. John Stuart and the Struggle for Empire on the Southern Frontier. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996.

Stevens, Paul L. “‘To Keep the Indians of the Wabache in His Majesty’s Interest’: The Indian Diplomacy of Edward Abbott, British Lieutenant Governor of Vincennes, 1776–1778.” Indiana Magazine of History 83, no. 2 (1987): 141-72.

St. Jean, Wendy. “The Chickasaw-Quapaw Alliance in the Revolutionary Era.” The Arkansas Historical Quarterly 68, no. 3 (2009): 272-82.

Sugden, John. Blue Jacket: Warrior of the Shawnees. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.

Taylor, Alan. American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Volume I. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.

Taylor, Alan. American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.

Taylor, Alan. The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

Tiro, Karim. The People of the Standing Stone: The Oneida Nation from the Revolution through the Era of Removal. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011).

Usner, Daniel H. “‘A Savage Feast They Made of It’: John Adams and the Paradoxical Origins of Federal Indian Policy.” Journal of the Early Republic 33, no. 4 (2013): 607-41.

Vaughan, Alden T. “Frontier Banditti and the Indians: The Paxton Boys’ Legacy, 1763-1775.” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 51, no. 1 (1984): 1-29.

Vest, Jay Hansford C. “An Odyssey among the Iroquois: A History of Tutelo Relations in New York.” American Indian Quarterly 29, no. 1/2 (2005): 124-55.

Warren, Stephen. The Worlds the Shawnees Made: Migration and Violence in Early America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014.

Waselkov, Gregory A. A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814. Tuscaloosa, Ala: University Alabama Press, 2006.

Watson, Thomas D. “A Scheme Gone Awry: Bernardo De Galvez, Gilberto Antonio De Maxent, and the Southern Indian Trade.” Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association 17, no. 1 (1976): 5-17.

Weeks, Charles A. “Of Rattlesnakes, Wolves, and Tigers: A Harangue at the Chickasaw Bluffs, 1796.” The William and Mary Quarterly 67, no. 3 (2010): 487-518.

Wellenreuther, Hermann. “White Eyes and the Delawares’ Vision of an Indian State.” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 68, no. 2 (2001): 139-61.

White, Richard. The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815, Twentieth Anniversary Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Wisecup, Kelly. “Practicing Sovereignty: Colonial Temporalities, Cherokee Justice, and the ‘Socrates’ Writings of John Ridge.” Native American and Indigenous Studies 4, no. 1 (2017): 30-60.

Wright, J. Leitch. Creeks and Seminoles: The Destruction and Regeneration of the Muscogulge People. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987.

Wunder, John R. “‘Merciless Indian Savages” and the Declaration of Independence: Native Americans Translate the Ecunnaunuxulgee Document.” American Indian Law Review 25, no. 1 (2000): 65-92.

Zellar, Gary. African Creeks: Estelvste and the Creek Nation. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007.

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Title image: Oscar E. Berninghaus, Indian Attack on the Village of Saint Louis, 1780, 1921. [Mural in Missouri State Capitol]

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