The final book in a three-volume history of California’s Native peoples, “Bringing Them under Subjection” chronicles the development and demise of the state’s first permanent reservation, the Sebastian Military Reserve, better known as the Tejón Reservation. George Harwood Phillips explains how local Native peoples were instrumental in the initial success of the reservation and how the institution was undermined by squatters and a Native policy emphasizing caution over innovation. Because the scope of the study encompasses most of the San Joaquin Valley in central California, events related to but unfolding beyond the reservation are also given considerable attention, in particular the founding and functioning of quasi reservations called “Indian farms,” the resistance offered by Native peoples in the southern valley, the degradation they underwent in the gold fields, and the survival of their progeny to the present.
Drawing upon Native oral testimony and the accounts of state and federal officials, military officers, newspaper reporters, settlers, miners, and ranchers, Phillips provides a detailed and balanced account of a volatile period in California history.
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George Harwood Phillips is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Colorado. He is the author of several books about California Native peoples, including the first two volumes in this series: Indians and Intruders in Central California, 1769–1849, and Indians and Indian Agents: The Origins of the Reservation System in California, 1849–1852.Review:
"[An] excellent study of the San Joaquin Valley are during the height of the gold rush."—Choice (Choice )
“As in his previous texts, Phillips is able to combine the ethnologists quest for patterns of Native responses to cultural change with the archivist’s penchant for encyclopedic details. Thus, this ethnology draws not only upon Native oral testimony but also on accounts of state and federal officials, military officers, newspaper reporters, settlers, miners, and ranchers. Though the focus is on the Tejon Military Reserve, the study encompasses relevant adjacent areas of the San Joaquin Valley.”—Guillermo Bartelt, American Indian Quarterly (Guillermo Bartelt American Indian Quarterly )
“Extensively researched, ‘Bringing Them under Subjection’ is an important contribution to the history of California Indians. . . . Phillips has achieved his objective in this, his final volume on the plight of the Indians of the San Joaquin Valley.”—Valerie Sherer Mathes, Journal of American History (Valerie Sherer Mathes Journal of American History )
“The traditional belief, fostered by many writers and pseudo-historians, holds that most of the California native peoples—those who survived the white man’s diseases—meekly submitted to Spanish, Mexican, and later Anglo encroachment on their lands. George Harwood Phillips, in his three-volume, intensive study of the native peoples of California’s great Central Valley, disputes this belief as an over-simplification.”—John Robinson, Spanish Traces (John Robinson Spanish Traces )
“This book is important for the information it presents. Phillips’ research and the presentation of material regarding the Tejón Reservation and other institutions in the vicinity make a strong case for further examination of this period in California’s history.”—John Patrick Bowes, Southern California Quarterly (John Patrick Bowes Southern California Quarterly )
“Essential for California Indian historians. For others, Philips’s contribution will doubtlessly be made accessible as scholars mine the book for its wealth of detail and then, in turn, add to the slowly growing body of work on Native California.”—Emily Rader, Western Historical Quarterly (Emily Rader Western Historical Quarterly )
“The key word here is the sub-title’s ‘beyond.’ For this excellent book covers much more than the history of the first California Indian reservation...”—Richard H. Dillon, Journal of Arizona History (Richard H. Dillon Journal of Arizona History )
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