The Political Economy of Plunder: American Expansion into the Old Northwest

In the decades following the American Revolution, the democratic experiment in an expanding United States relied on Indigenous dispossession, but it also, in places, hinged on and profited from the permanent colonization of Indigenous Peoples.

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The U.S. expanded into the Northwest Territory not by removing Indigenous Nations, but by incorporating them into the republic as colonized subjects through a coercive treaty process that transferred their land and wealth to the American state and its settler citizens.


1800-1865 American Indian

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