New Book: Buying America

Buying AmericaIn honor of Columbus Day, a brief look at a new book recently added to the Law Library collection:

Buying America from the Indians: Johnson v. McIntosh and the History of Native Land Rights
by Blake A. Watson

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Johnson v. McIntosh (1823) established the basic principles that govern American Indian property rights to this day. The author explores the case of Johnson v. McIntosh and its impact in a comprehensive historical and legal overview of Native land rights since the European discovery of the New World. The final chapters highlight the historical legacy of Johnson v. McIntosh on federal policy with regard to Indian lands and makes the argument that the United States should formally repudiate the discovery doctrine set forth in Johnson v. McIntosh.

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