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Firsting and Lasting
Writing Indians out of Existence in New England
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Jean M. O'Brien (White Earth Ojibwe) is associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota, where she is also affiliated with American Indian studies and American studies. She is the author of Dispossession by Degrees: Indian Land and Identity in Natick, Massachusetts, 1650-1790.
Author's Note on Sources, Introduction: Indians Can Never Be Modern, 1. Firsting: Local Texts Claim Indian Places As Their Own, 2. Replacing: Historical Practices Argue Non-Indians Have Supplanted Indians, 3. Lasting: Texts Purify the Landscape of Indians by Denying Them a Place in Modernity, 4. Resisting: Claims in Texts about Indian Extinction Fail Even As They Are Being Made, Conclusion: The Continuing Struggle over Recognition, Acknowledgments, Notes, Index