The Ordeal Of The Longhouse Essay

1184 Words Feb 21st, 2016 5 Pages
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” (9). 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 Canada).
In this wonderful and insightful book, Daniel K. Richter makes this distant historical period relevant by frequent references to the present. The overarching theme of the book is important because it allows readers to consider the different possibilities on our…

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