Please join us in celebrating the publication of the new book by C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa.
Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight Over Federal Indian Policy After the Civil War
Standard narratives of Native American history view the nineteenth century in terms of steadily declining Indigenous sovereignty, from removal of southeastern tribes to the 1887 General Allotment Act. In “Crooked Paths to Allotment,” C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa complicates these narratives, focusing on political moments when viable alternatives to federal assimilation policies arose. In these moments, Native American reformers and their white allies challenged coercive practices and offered visions for policies that might have allowed Indigenous nations to adapt at their own pace and on their own terms.
C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa is assistant professor of History at Illinois College.