Review Of Red, White and Black By Gary Nash

A Review of Gary Nash's Red, White and Black

In a year of a national presidential election, where the words and slogans of American patriotism fill the airwaves, and the colors of red, white, and blue are found everywhere, even in advertisements for cars and trucks and soap, Gary Nash's book Red White and Black is an important reminder that the pluralistic national and cultural origins of the American character and nation run far deeper in their roots than those that can be traced back to 1776. American culture is based in the history of the native peoples-peoples, not people-of this land, the unique and equally pluralistic agricultures and ecologies and climates of the American ...

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ultimately produced the final land of America's fullest fruition, culturally, ideologically, and politically. This paper will examine Nash's construction of his text, his methodology of analysis, some of the facts he presents to defend his pluralistic thesis, and finally come to an overall assessment of Nash's thesis and the importance of his book as a whole. Nash's book was first published in 1974, and although this paper's pagination and references are to the book's fourth edition, it is a worthy question to ask, given how much has been written about this subject since the 1970's, if Nash's Red, White, and Black is still an important edition to any syllabus of a course on colonial America, and a necessary pluralistic inclusion, no pun intended, to a library of Revolutionary War history.
Nash's approach as an historian is chronological in its structure, rather than ideological. In other words, he traces the beginnings of the history of America, from before 1500, to the ...

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national powers off against one another, in the case of other tribes.
Methodologically, by treating native culture as one of many equally important cultures, Nash shows how Indian culture itself was not homogenous. There was no Indian culture, only Indian cultures. Native life was in fact characterized by a "striking diversity" of cultures, attitudes, and modalities of life, given the different terrains and ways of life and lifestyles, modes of sustaining production and hunting, and varieties of temperature, climate, and game and vegetation different Indian peoples had to deal with throughout the American continent. (10)
By beginning his book with the story of the likely path of ...

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