Winning the West with Words: Language and Conquest in the Lower Great Lakes

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Indian Removal was a process both physical and symbolic, accomplished not only at gunpoint but also through language. In the Midwest, white settlers came to speak and write of Indians in the past tense, even though they were still present. Winning the West with Words explores the ways nineteenth-century Anglo-Americans used language, rhetoric, and narrative to claim cultural ownership of the region that comprises present-day Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

Historian James Joseph Buss borrows from literary studies, geography, and anthropology to examine images of stalwart pioneers and vanished Indians used by American settlers in portraying an empty landscape in which they established farms, towns, and “civilized” governments. He demonstrates how this now-familiar narrative came to replace a more complicated history of cooperation, adaptation, and violence between peoples of different cultures.

Buss scrutinizes a wide range of sources—travel journals, captivity narratives, treaty council ceremonies, settler petitions, artistic representations, newspaper editorials, late-nineteenth-century county histories, and public celebrations such as regional fairs and centennial pageants and parades—to show how white Americans used language, metaphor, and imagery to accomplish the symbolic removal of Native peoples from the region south of the Great Lakes. Ultimately, he concludes that the popular image of the white yeoman pioneer was employed to support powerful narratives about westward expansion, American democracy, and unlimited national progress. Buss probes beneath this narrative of conquest to show the ways Indians, far from being passive, participated in shaping historical memory—and often used Anglo-Americans’ own words to subvert removal attempts.

By grounding his study in place rather than focusing on a single group of people, Buss goes beyond the conventional uses of history, giving readers a new understanding not just of the history of the Midwest but of the power of creation narratives.

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James Joseph Buss is Associate Professor of History and Director of the University Honors Program at Oklahoma City University.

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"Buss's book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of Indian removal, American expansion in the lower Great Lakes, and the construction of historical narratives and place-stories. Perhaps most important is the success with which he reveals the subtle but powerful violence of the historical dispossession that occurred when American Indians were not only written out of county and state but also erased in a way that obscured the bloodshed that accompanied the initial conquest."

John Bowes, American Historical Review

"The lesson of this book is simple: words have consequences. The story James Joseph Buss tells inWinning the West with Words, however, is anything but simple. It is also long overdue."

Susan Gray, Journal of American History

"Buss's fresh approach and deft use of rhetorical and postcolonial theory--as well as his useful and focused forays into the archive--make this an essential part of our continuing effort to reconsider midwestern, western, and 'frontier' experiences in American history."

Edward Watts, Journal of the Early Republic

"Winning the West with Words is a smart book about the erasure of American Indians from Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois history. . . . [It] raises troubling questions about colonization and the historical record."

Steven Warren, The Annals of Iowa

"Overall, Buss has written a work full of nuance, clarity, and insight."

Christopher Bilodeau, Journal of Illinois History

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