Friday, May 10, 2013

BUYING AMERICA FROM THE INDIANS: Johnson v. McIntosh and the History of Land Rights by Blake A. Watson

Johnson v. McIntosh and the History of Land Rights 
Blake A. Watson 

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (May 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806142448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806142449

  • Here's the Blurb:

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Johnson v. McIntosh established the basic principles that govern American Indian property rights to this day. In the case, more than one Anglo-American purchaser claimed title to the same land in what is now southern Illinois. The Piankeshaw Indians had deeded the land twice—once to speculators in 1775, and again, thirty years later, to the United States by treaty. The Court decided in favor of William McIntosh, who had bought the land from the U.S. government. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Marshall declared that the “discovery” of America had given “exclusive title to those who made it”—namely, the European colonizers. According to Johnson, the Piankeshaws did not own what they thought was their land. Indeed, no Indian tribe did.

    Johnson v. McIntosh and its impact offers a comprehensive historical and legal overview of Native land rights since the European discovery of the New World. Watson sets the case in rich historical context. After tracing Anglo-American views of Native land rights to their European roots, Watson explains how speculative ventures in Native lands affected not only Indian peoples themselves but the causes and outcomes of the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and ratification of the Articles of Confederation. He then focuses on the transactions at issue in Johnson between the Illinois and Piankeshaw Indians, who sold their homelands, and the future shareholders of the United Illinois and Wabash Land Companies.

    The final chapters highlight the historical legacy of Johnson v. McIntosh on federal policy with regard to Indian lands. Taught to first-year law students as the root of title for real property in the United States, the case has also been condemned by the United Nations and others as a Eurocentric justification for the subjugation of the Indians. Watson argues that the United States should formally repudiate the discovery doctrine set forth in Johnson v. McIntosh.

    The thorough backstory and analysis in this book will deepen our understanding of one of the most important cases in both federal Indian law and in American property law.

    About the Author

    Blake A. Watson has served as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and is now Professor of Law at the University of Dayton

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Inspired to Move Forward


    Inspired to Move Forward is a book about God’s faithfulness. There are modern day and biblical accounts of when people were faced with some of their toughest battles, and yet, they still came out victorious
    Many of the chapters come from the author’s writings for an online faith-based magazine. The chapters are short and easy to digest so that the reader can easily apply the principles in their own lives right away.
    There’s also a ”Where to Find It In the Bible” section so that the reader can start kingdom-living. It’s said that the kingdom of God is voice-activated. You’re going to have to say with your own mouth what God says about you. You’ll be encouraged to know that for every problem in life, there’s a promise from God.
    Aleysha R. Proctor is a Christian Inspirational author and lifestyle blogger. She published her first book, “With Style & Amazing Grace” in 2006. Later came “He’s the Keeper of My Soul” in 2008 and “Jazz, Java & Jesus” in 2009.
    Aleysha’s work has inspired others to get through some of their most difficult and personal matters. One of her readers shared that as she was on her way to the emergency room that she grabbed her copy of “Jazz, Java & Jesus” to help keep her spirits high.
    Aleysha resides in the Washington, DC metro area and can be found on most social media platforms @AleyshaProctor.

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

    RIVETED by Meljean Brooks

     Meljean Brooks's steampunk novel, RIVETED - Romantic Times' winner for Romance Novel of the Year. The romantic leads were, despite the whitewashed cover, people of color (the woman is an Afro-Norwegian Icelander, the man is Native American with a mother from Iceland, and possibly the same ethnic background as the woman).

    • Print Length: 413 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425256049
    • Publisher: Berkley (September 4, 2012)
    • Sold by: Penguin Publishing
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B008EXNU9I

    Here is the blurb:

    The New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Duke and Heart of Steel returns to the Iron Seas with a riveting new adventure of steampunk and passionate romance . . .
    A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. Fishermen tell tales of giant trolls guarding the land and of seductive witches who steal men’s hearts. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magic—and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom.
    Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on the airship Phatéon, flying from port to port in search of her sister and longing to return home . . . but that home is threatened when expedition leader David Kentewess comes aboard.
    Determined to solve the mystery of his own origin, David will stop at nothing to expose Annika’s secrets. But when disaster strikes, leaving David and Annika stranded on a glacier and pursued by a madman, their very survival depends on keeping the heat rising between them—and generating lots of steam . . .

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