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!


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]

2 thoughts on “Native American Revolutions Bibliography

  1. Grinde, Donald and Bruce Johansen. Exemplar of Liberty: Native America and the Evolution of Democracy. Los Angeles: American Indian Studies Center, UCLA ,1991.

    Johansen, Bruce. Debating Democracy: Native American Legacy of Freedom. Santa Fe, NM: Clear Light Publishers, 1998.

    Williams, Robert A. Jr. Linking Arms Together: American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1600-1800. New York: Routledge, 1999.

    Drinnon, Richard. Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating and Empire Building. Norman: U. of Oklahoma Press, 1980,1990.

    Sleeper-Smith, Susan. Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest: Indian Women of the Ohio River Valley, 1690-1792. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2018.

    Fur, Gunlog. A Nation of Women: Gender and Colonial Encounters Among the Delaware Indians. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.

    Mann, Barbara Alice. George Washington’s War on Native America. NY: Praeger, 2005.


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