Daniel Richter Facing East From Indian Country Analysis

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Facing East from Indian Country by Daniel Richter is--without question--one of the most effective studies of Native American history. Richter’s previous book, The Ordeal of the Longhouse, which viewed the European invasion of northeastern America from the perspective of the Iroquois peoples of modern New York, reveals the same masterful grasp of early American history. However, the similarities stop there. Facing East turns on its head the instilled perspective of westward expansion from the early sixteenth century well into the nineteenth. By viewing the early European-Indian encounter through the eyes of the Native Americans, this revolutionary examination intends to “turn familiar tales inside out, to show how old documents might be read in fresh ways...and to outline stories of North America” …show more content…
With the use of a wide variety of sources required of any powerful reflection of an indigenous population Richter’s book, Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America, successfully extends the time period and geographic location of American history; retelling the story of the European-Indian encounter in North America east of the Mississippi (including Spanish Florida and French

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