The Newspaper Indian: Native American Identity in the Press, 1820-90
- List Price: $39.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press
- Publish date: 01/01/1999
- ISBN: 9780252024320
- ISBN10: 025202432X
Indians were not described on their own terms but by the norms of the white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant society that wrote and read about them. Beyond the examination of Native American representation (and, more often, misrepresentation) in the media, Coward shows how Americans turned native people into symbolic and ambiguous figures whose identities were used as a measure of American Progress.
The Newspaper Indian is a fascinating look at a nation and the power of its press. It provides insight into how Native Americans have been woven with newsprint into the very fabric of American life.