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Exiled in the Land of the Free

Democracy, Indian Nations and the U. S. Constitution

Exiled in the Land of the Free( )
Author: Lyons, Oren
Mohawk, John C.
Deloria, Vine
Contribution by: Inouye, Daniel K.
Matthiessen, Peter
ISBN:978-0-940666-50-4
Publication Date:Aug 1997
Publisher:Clear Light Publishers
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $24.95
Book Description:

It is little known that the Revolutionary War and the writing of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights were strongly influenced by Native American traditions. European philosophers of the Enlightenment such as Jean Jacques Rousseau had begun pressing for democratic reforms in Europe on the basis of glowing reports by early settlers about the New World and its native inhabitants. The founding fathers of the United States, in turn, were inspired to fight for independence and...
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Book Details
Pages:414
Detailed Subjects: Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
History / Native American
Law / Indigenous Peoples
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.85 x 9.36 x 0.425 Inches
Book Weight:1.62 Pounds
Author Biography
Lyons, Oren (Author)
Peter Matthiessen was born in Manhattan, New York on May 22, 1927. He served in the Navy at Pearl Harbor. He graduated with a degree in English from Yale University in 1950. It was around this time that he was recruited by the CIA and traveled to Paris, where he became acquainted with several young expatriate American writers. In the postwar years the CIA covertly financed magazines and cultural programs to counter the spread of Communism. While in Paris, he helped found The Paris Review in 1953.

After returning to the United States, he worked as a commercial fisherman and the captain of a charter fishing boat. His first novel, Race Rock, was published in 1954. His other fiction works include Partisans, Raditzer, Far Tortuga, and In Paradise. His novel, Shadow Country, won a National Book Award. His novel, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, was made into a movie.

He started writing nonfiction after divorcing his first wife. An assignment for Sports Illustrated to report on American endangered species led to the book Wildlife in America, which was published in 1959. His travels took him to Asia, Australia, South America, Africa, New Guinea, the Florida swamps, and beneath the ocean. These travels led to articles in The New Yorker as well as numerous nonfiction books including The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness, Under the Mountain Wall: A Chronicle of Two Seasons of Stone Age New Guinea, Blue Meridian: The Search for the Great White Shark, The Tree Where Man Was Born, and Men's Lives. The Snow Leopard won the 1979 National Book Award for nonfiction. He died from leukemia on April 5, 2014 at the age of 86.

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