October 19, 2007

Penguin books about Indians

A New Look at the Native American NarrativeIn the spring of 1805, a one-eyed Shawnee notorious for his loud mouth and his hard drinking fell into a trance.

It's not the typical opening sentence of a scholarly book, but The Shawnees and the War for America is not, per se, a scholarly book. It's a book by a scholar meant for a broader audience.

This title, by Colin Calloway, the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies and a professor of history, is one of the first books in The Penguin Library of American Indian History, a new series by scholars of Native American topics, for the general reader. Calloway is the editor for the series, which released its first volumes this summer and will release one every six months for the next several years.

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