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The Resource Thundersticks : firearms and the violent transformation of native America, David J. Silverman

Thundersticks : firearms and the violent transformation of native America, David J. Silverman

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Thundersticks : firearms and the violent transformation of native America
Title
Thundersticks
Title remainder
firearms and the violent transformation of native America
Statement of responsibility
David J. Silverman
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Language
eng
Summary
The adoption of firearms by Native Americans between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries marked a turning point in the history of North America's indigenous peoples--a cultural earthquake so profound, says David Silverman, that its impact has yet to be adequately measured. Thundersticks reframes our understanding of Native Americans' historical relationship with guns, arguing against the notion that Indians prized these weapons more for the pyrotechnic terror they inspired than their efficiency as tools of war. Native Americans fully recognized the potential of firearms to assist them in their struggles against colonial forces, and mostly against one another. The smoothbore, flintlock musket was Indians' stock firearm, and its destructive potential transformed their lives. For the deer hunters east of the Mississippi, the gun evolved into an essential hunting tool. Most importantly, well-armed tribes were able to capture and enslave their neighbors, plunder wealth, and conquer territory. Arms races erupted across North America, intensifying intertribal rivalries and solidifying the importance of firearms in Indian politics and culture. Though Native Americans grew dependent on guns manufactured in Europe and the United States, their dependence never prevented them from rising up against Euro-American power. Tribes such as the Seminoles, Blackfeet, and Lakotas remained formidably armed right up to the time of their subjugation. Far from being a Trojan horse for colonialism, firearms empowered Native Americans to pursue their interests and defend their political and economic autonomy over two centuries.--
Summary
David Silverman argues against the notion that Indians prized flintlock muskets more for their pyrotechnics than for their efficiency as tools of war. Native peoples fully recognized the potential of firearms to assist them in their struggles against colonial forces, and mostly against one another, as arms races erupted across North America
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10535163
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1971-
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Silverman, David J.
Dewey number
970.004/97
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E98.W2
LC item number
S55 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Indians of North America
  • Firearms
  • Indians, Treatment of
  • Firearms
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians, Treatment of
  • North America
Target audience
adult
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firearms and the violent transformation of native America
Label
Thundersticks : firearms and the violent transformation of native America, David J. Silverman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-351) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: What Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull knew -- Launching the Indian arms race -- A vicious commerce: slaves and alliance for guns -- Recoil: the fatal quest for arms during King Philip's War -- Indian gunmen against the British Empire -- Otters for arms -- The Seminoles resist removal -- Indian gunrunners in a wild West -- The rise and fall of the centaur gunmen -- Epilogue: AIM raises the rifle
Control code
1692357
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 371 pages
Isbn
9780674737471
Lccn
2016014834
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674737471
  • (OCoLC)946579901
Label
Thundersticks : firearms and the violent transformation of native America, David J. Silverman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-351) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: What Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull knew -- Launching the Indian arms race -- A vicious commerce: slaves and alliance for guns -- Recoil: the fatal quest for arms during King Philip's War -- Indian gunmen against the British Empire -- Otters for arms -- The Seminoles resist removal -- Indian gunrunners in a wild West -- The rise and fall of the centaur gunmen -- Epilogue: AIM raises the rifle
Control code
1692357
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 371 pages
Isbn
9780674737471
Lccn
2016014834
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674737471
  • (OCoLC)946579901

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