American Indians and History

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American Indian Population Recovery in the Twentieth Century

Nancy Shoemaker

Although the general public is not widely aware of this trend, the American Indian population has grown phenomenally since 1900, their demographic nadir. No longer a "vanishing" race, Indians have rebounded to 1492 population estimates in nine decades. Until now, most research has focused on catastrophic population decline, but Nancy Shoemaker studies how and why American Indians have recovered. Her analysis of the social, cultural, and economic implications of the family and demographic patterns fueling the recovery compares five different Indian groups: the Seneca Nation in New York State, Cherokees in Oklahoma, Red Lake Ojibways in Minnesota, Yakamas in Washington State, and Navajos in the Southwest. Marshaling individual-level census data, Shoemaker places American Indians in a broad social and cultural context and compares their demographic patterns to those of Euroamericans and African Americans in the United States.


Nancy Shoemaker is an assistant professor of history at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.


"The real value of the book relates to questions of politics and culture. Scholars in a wide variety of fields and disciplines will find this book essential."


H-Net Reviews

". . . an important work worthy of scholarly attention. I would highly recommend it to graduate students in demography and to anyone interested in the twentieth-century history of American Indians."


The Journal of American History

6 x 9 in. 176 pages 15 charts, 39 tables