Illinois College professor Joseph Genetin-Pilawa’s new book, Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War
, is scheduled for release on October 22.
In the book Genetin-Pilawa complicates standard narratives of 19th century Native American history by uncovering the stories of individuals who contested federal Indian policy and proposed viable alternatives during a critical moment in its development.
Genetin-Pilawa focuses on reformers and activists including Tonawanda Seneca, Ely S. Parker and Council Fire editor Thomas A. Bland. He reveals how these men and their allies opposed such policies as forced land allotment, the elimination of traditional cultural practices, mandatory boarding school education for Indian youth and compulsory participation in the market economy. Although the mainstream supporters of assimilation successfully repressed these efforts, the ideas and policy frameworks they espoused established a tradition of dissent against disruptive colonial governance
“In taking serious account of indigenous peoples' political agency, especially that of Ely S. Parker, Genetin-Pilawa offers a model for historical scholarship in this field. Crooked Paths to Allotment is an excellent work, a must-read for students and scholars of U.S.-indigenous relations and history,” Kevin Bruyneel of Babson College said.Crooked Paths to Allotment
is published by University of North Carolina Press and is part of the First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies initiative. The book can be pre-ordered at www.uncpress.unc.edu
. It is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and later this month at the IC Bookstore and Our Town Books in Jacksonville.