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  • A Gathering of Rivers: Indians, Metis, and Mining in the Western Great Lakes, 1737-1832
  • Lucy Eldersveld Murphy
  • 2000
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  • Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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In A Gathering of Rivers, Lucy Eldersveld Murphy traces the histories of Indian, multiracial, and mining communities in the western Great Lakes region during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. For a century the Winnebagos (Ho-Chunks), Mesquakies (Fox), and Sauks successfully confronted waves of French and British immigration by diversifying their economies and commercializing lead mining.

Focusing on personal stories and detailed community histories, Murphy charts the changed economic forces at work in the region, connecting them to shifts in gender roles and intercultural relationships. She argues that French, British, and Native peoples forged cooperative social and economic bonds expressed partly by mixed-race marriages and the emergence of multiethnic communities at Green Bay and Prairie du Chien. Significantly, Native peoples in the western Great Lakes region were able to adapt successfully to the new frontier market economy until their lead mining operations became the envy of outsiders in the 1820s.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. List of Maps
  2. p. xi
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  1. List of Tables
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Who's Who in the Fox-Wisconsin Region
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Indians and Waves of Immigration
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Part One: The Fur Trade and the Creation of Accommodation
  2. p. 17
  1. 1. Native American Village Economies and the Fur Trade in the Mid–Eighteenth Century
  2. pp. 19-43
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  1. 2. Creole Communities
  2. pp. 45-76
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  1. Part Two: Lead Mining: Adaptation and Conflict
  2. p. 77
  1. 3. The Expansion of Native American Lead Mining
  2. pp. 79-99
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  1. 4.The Lead Rush
  2. pp. 101-133
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  1. Part Three: Adaptation and Removal
  2. p. 135
  1. 5. Indian Economic Development, Settlers, and the Erosion of Accommodation
  2. pp. 137-165
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 167-172
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. A Note on Sources
  2. pp. 175-180
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 181-225
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-233
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803202948
MARC Record
OCLC
50753856
Pages
233
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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