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Main Title The American Indian in western legal thought : the discourses of conquest /
Author Williams, Robert A.,
Publisher Oxford University Press,
Year Published 1990
OCLC Number 18948630
ISBN 0195050223; 9780195050226; 0195080025; 9780195080025
Subjects Indians of North America--Legal status, laws, etc--History--Sources ; Indians of North America--Government relations--History--Sources ; Indians of North America--Politics and government--Sources ; Racism--United States--History--Sources ; Indianen ; Rechtspositie ; Indians of North America--Politics and government--History--Sources
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ENAM  KF8205.W547 1992 Region 7 Library, Kansas City, KS 08/16/1996 DISPERSAL
ERAM  KF8205.W547 1992 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 03/13/1999
Collation xi, 352 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-341) and index.
Contents Notes
In The American Indian in Western Legal Thought Robert Williams, a legal scholar and Native American of the Lumbee tribe, traces the evolution of contemporary legal thought on the rights and status of American Indians and other indiginous tribal peoples. Beginning with an analysis of the medieval Christian crusading era and its substantive contributions to the West's legal discourse of áheathens' and áinfidels', this study explores the development of the ideas that justified the New World conquests of Spain, England and the United States. Williams shows that long-held notions of the legality of European subjugation and colonization of ásavage' and ábarbarian' societies supported the conquests in America. Today, he demonstrates, echoes of racist and Eurocentric prejudices still reverberate in the doctrines and principles of legal discourse regarding native peoples' rights in the United States and in other nations as well.--