John Marshall's landmark 1823 determination in Johnson v. M'Intosh gave the ecu sovereigns who "discovered" North the United States rights to the land, changing local americans in a single stroke into mere tenants. In 1991, whereas investigating the old origins of this hugely arguable selection, Lindsay Robertson made a startling locate within the basement of a Pennsylvania furniture-maker--the entire company files of the Illinois and Wabash Land businesses, the plaintiffs within the case. Drawing on those documents, Conquest through Law presents, for the 1st time, a whole and troubling account of collusion, detailing how a spurious declare gave upward thrust to a doctrine--intended to be of constrained application--which resulted in the big displacement of local americans and the construction of a legislations that governs indigenous humans to this day.
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