The World Turned Upside Down

Indian Voices from Early America
Calloway, Colin G.
Date published: 
January 1994

This unique collection presents Native American perspectives on the events of the colonial era, from the first encounters between Indians and non Indians in the early seventeenth century through the American Revolution in the late eighteenth century. The documents are drawn from letters, speeches, and the records of treaty negotiations in which Indians were addressing non-Indians. Calloway's introduction discusses the nature of such sources and the problems of dealing with them. He also analyzes the forces of change that were creating a 'new world' for Native Americans during the colonial period. An introductory overview begins each chapter, and headnotes commenting on the context and significance precede each document. Maps, illustrations, a bibliography, and an index are also included.