Have you ever considered early American cities as places where Native Americans lived, worked, and visited?
Native Americans often visited early American cities and port towns, especially the towns and cities that dotted the Atlantic seaboard of British North America.
Colin Calloway, an award-winning historian and a Professor History and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, joins us to investigate Native American experiences in early American cities with details from his book, “The Chiefs Now In This City”: Indians and the Urban Frontier in Early America.
This episode is supported by an American Rescue Plan grant to the Omohundro Institute from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
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Colin Calloway, the John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and a Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, and the author of the book “The Chiefs Now In This City”: Indians and the Urban Frontier in Early America, joins us to investigate Native American visits to and experiences in early American cities.
During our investigation, Colin reveals why it’s important to understand interactions and diplomatic relationships between Native American peoples and white Europeans and Americans; Why Native Americans visited early American cities; And, how Native Americans experienced early American city life and entertainment.
What You’ll Discover
- Importance of interactions between Native Americans and whites
- Importance of diplomatic relationships between Native Americans and whites
- What made a “city” a city in early North America
- Why Native Americans visited early American cities
- Europeans and Americans in Native spaces
- Native American experiences in early American cities
- Historical record of Native American experiences in cities
- Native American urban dwellers
- White cities as spaces for Native American interaction & diplomacy
- Interests in Native American diplomacy and treaty making
- Views of Native American diplomatic delegations
- Most important aspects of Native American visits to early American cities
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Colin Calloway
- “The Chiefs Now In This City”: Indians and the Urban Frontier in Early America
- Elizabeth Fenn, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People
- Coll Thrush, Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire
- Andrés Resédez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement
- Nancy Shoemaker, Native American Whalemen and the World
- Jean M. O’Brien, Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England
- Colin Calloway, The Indian World of George Washington
- Colin Calloway, White People, Indians, and Highlanders: Tribal People and Colonial Encounters in Scotland and America
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- Episode 264: Michael Oberg, The Treaty of Canandaigua
In your opinion, what might have happened if Native Americans hadn’t been so willing to travel into European and Euro American urban centers? How might the history of Native-white diplomacy and interactions be different?
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