Oregon and the Collapse of Illahee: U.S. Empire and the Transformation of an Indigenous World, 1792-1859 Gray H. Whaley

ISBN: 9781469603971

Published: June 15th 2010

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320 pages


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Oregon and the Collapse of Illahee: U.S. Empire and the Transformation of an Indigenous World, 1792-1859  by  Gray H. Whaley

Oregon and the Collapse of Illahee: U.S. Empire and the Transformation of an Indigenous World, 1792-1859 by Gray H. Whaley
June 15th 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 320 pages | ISBN: 9781469603971 | 3.13 Mb

Modern western Oregon was a crucial site of imperial competition in North America during the formative decades of the United States. In this book, Gray Whaley examines relations among newcomers and between newcomers and Native peoples--focusing on political sovereignty, religion, trade, sexuality, and the land--from initial encounters to Oregons statehood.

He emphasizes Native perspectives, using the Chinook word Illahee (homeland) to refer to the indigenous world he examines.Whaley argues that the process of Oregons founding is best understood as a contest between the British Empire and a nascent American one, with Oregons Native people and their lands at the heart of the conflict.

He identifies race, republicanism, liberal economics, and violence as the key ideological and practical components of American settler-colonialism. Native peoples faced capriciousness, demographic collapse, and attempted genocide, but they fought to preserve Illahee even as external forces caused the collapse of their world.

Whaleys analysis compellingly challenges standard accounts of the quintessential antebellum Promised Land.



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