Over the course of three centuries, American settlers helped to create the richest, most powerful nation in human history, even as they killed and displaced millions. This groundbreaking work shows that American history is defined by settler colonialism, providing a compelling framework through which to understand its rise to global dominance.
Walter L. Hixson is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Akron, USA. His most recent book is The Myth of American Diplomacy: National Identity and U.S. Foreign Policy (2009).
1. Introduction: Settler Colonialism, History, and Theory 2. 'People from the Unknown World': The Colonial Encounter and the Acceleration of Violence 3. 'No Savage Shall Inherit the Land:' Settler Colonialism Through the American Revolution 4. 'The Common Enemy of the Country': Settler Colonialism to the Mississippi River 5. 'Scenes of Agony and Blood': Manifest Destiny and the Crisis of Settler Colonialism 6. 'They Promised to Take Our Land and They Took It:' Completing the Continental Settler Colonial Project 7. 'Spaces of Denial': American Colonialism in Hawai'i and Alaska 8. 'Things Too Scandalous to Write': The Philippine Intervention and the Continuities of Colonialism 9. 'A Very Particular Kind of Inclusion:' Indigenous People in the Postcolonial United States Conclusion: The Boomerang of Savagery