2018 National Book Award Longlist, Nonfiction

Colin G. Calloway

The Indian World of George Washington by Colin G. Calloway
The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation
(Oxford University Press)
ISBN: 9780190652166
 

ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publisher)

In this sweeping new biography, Calloway uses the prism of Washington's life to bring focus to the great Native leaders of his time―Shingas, Tanaghrisson, Bloody Fellow, Joseph Brant, Red Jacket, Little Turtle―and the tribes they represented: the Iroquois Confederacy, Lenape, Miami, Creek, Delaware; in the process, he returns them to their rightful place in the story of America's founding. The Indian World of George Washington spans decades of Native American leaders' interaction with Washington, from his early days as surveyor of Indian lands, to his military career against both the French and the British, to his presidency, when he dealt with Native Americans as a head of state would with a foreign power, using every means of diplomacy and persuasion to fulfill the new republic's destiny by appropriating their land. By the end of his life, Washington knew more than anyone else in America about the frontier and its significance to the future of his country. 

The Indian World of George Washington offers a fresh portrait of the most revered American and the Native Americans whose story has been only partially told. Calloway's biography invites us to look again at the story of America's beginnings and see the country in a whole new light.



About the Author

Colin G. Calloway is the John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. His previous books include A Scratch of the Pen and The Victory with No Name. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Merle Curti Award and the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award.



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