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Introduction: From Common Ground

Mark David Spence

in Dispossessing the Wilderness

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780195142433
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848812 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142433.003.0001
Introduction: From Common Ground

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The idealization of uninhabited landscapes and establishment of the first national parks reflect important developments in late-nineteenth-century Indian policy. Although the creation of the first national parks coincided with efforts to restrict Indians to reservations and assimilate them into American society, native use and occupancy of park lands often continued unabated. This book argues that uninhabited wilderness had to be created before it could be preserved, and this type of landscape became reified in the first national parks. It also focuses on the policies of Indian removal developed at Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Glacier national parks from the 1870s to the 1930s.

Keywords: uninhabited landscapes; national parks; Indian policy; Indians; reservations; wilderness; Yosemite; Yellowstone; Glacier

Chapter.  2568 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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