Native American Political Systems
and the Evolution of Democracy:
An Annotated Bibliography
Bruce E. Johansen
Professor of Communication and
Native American Studies
University of Nebraska at Omaha
The entries here are for books "in press", to be published in 1998.Books
(*) Kinneavy, James L. and John E. Warriner. Elements of Writing, Complete Course. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1998.
On page 457, as part of a writing exercise, this high-school English textbook describes Canassatego's advice to the colonists to unite on an Iroquois model in 1744, Benjamin Franklin's use of the Iroquois model, and his 1754 Albany Plan. The exercise, which appears with artwork by Mohawk John Kahionhes Fadden, concludes: "Benjamin Franklin is a clear link between the Iroquois League and the founding of our nation. He knew and admired the League's government and suggested it as a model for the colonies. He very likely brought these ideas to the Constitutional Convention."(*) Steinem, Gloria, Wilma Mankiller, Marysa Navarro, Barbara Smith, and Wendy Mink, eds. Reader's Guide to U.S. Women's History. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, in press [est. 1998].
This survey work includes two chapters on the origins of feminism, one of which includes excerpts from Sally Roesch Wagner's work describing how the thoughts of Matilda Joslyn Gage and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were shaped by their association with Iroquois women in the mid-and-late nineteenth century.
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