Books by Colin G. Calloway

Released: April 2, 2018

"Insightful and illuminating but relentlessly squirm-inducing."
An expansive history of our first president and his interactions with Indian countries and how "the future he envisioned would be realized at the expense of the people who lived there." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2014

"The author ably explains the winner's side of this battle—a herculean task since the Native Americans had no written records."
History of the 1791 Battle of the Wabash, a largely forgotten clash that proved to be "the biggest victory Native Americans ever won and proportionately the biggest military disaster the United States ever suffered." Read full book review >
Released: July 9, 2007

"An illuminating overview of Shawnee-white relations."
"We have always been the frontier," a Shawnee leader remarked three centuries ago. This survey shows just how true that statement was. Read full book review >
Released: April 29, 2006

"A welcome contribution to the history of America before the War of Independence, joining such fine recent books as Fred Anderson's The War That Made America (2005). "
Lucid, brief survey of the aftereffects of the French and Indian War in America. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1997

A highly readable if not highly original history of the early interaction between Europeans and Native Americans. Recent history generally casts the European conquest of North America as a thoughtless or malicious genocide of the indigenous population. And while this is in some ways correct, the stress on American Indians' victimization at the hands of the invaders results in ignoring the Indians' contribution to the resulting American culture. While Calloway (History and Native American Studies/Dartmouth Coll.; The American Revolution in Indian Country, 1995, not reviewed) acknowledges that the European effect on Indian life was larger, and more devastating, than the other way around, he contends that Indian culture contributed in many significant ways to what would eventually become a distinctly American way of life. The author supports his thesis with many oft-cited facts about early colonial times. Few readers will be surprised when Calloway reports that Europeans settled in deserted Indian towns, looked to Indians to show them how to cultivate indigenous crops, or that not just corn and tobacco but also potatoes and tomatoes were discovered in the New World and introduced to Europeans as exports from the colonies. Not as well known is the respect many Europeans felt for Indian medicine, or that so-called ``Indian-style'' warfare—guerrilla tactics that the colonists were said to have adopted in their successful fight against the British army during the American Revolution—was in fact only invented by Indians a hundred years before to counter the unfamiliar tactics of European interlopers. Although much of the information here is well known, this is a fine primer on the cross-cultural influence of the Europeans and Indians in early American life. (21 illustrations, not seen) Read full book review >