President by Massacre
Indian-Killing for Political Gain
by Barbara Alice Mann
August 2019, 422pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6187-1
$85, £66, 74€, A117
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As a U.S. ambassador, William Henry Harrison inadvertently appeared to support the revolution against Simón Bolívar and was kicked out by Colombian authorities for meddling in internal affairs.

President by Massacre pulls back the curtain of “expansionism,” revealing how Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, and Zachary Taylor massacred Indians to "open" land to slavery and oligarchic fortunes.

President by Massacre examines the way in which presidential hopefuls through the first half of the nineteenth century parlayed militarily mounted land grabs into “Indian-hating” political capital to attain the highest office in the United States. The text zeroes in on three eras of U.S. “expansionism” as it led to the massacre of Indians to “open” land to African slavery while luring lower European classes into racism’s promise to raise “white” above “red” and “black.”
This book inquires deeply into the existence of the affected Muskogee (“Creek”), Shawnee, Sauk, Meskwaki (“Fox”), and Seminole, before and after invasion, showing what it meant to them to have been so displaced and to have lost a large percentage of their members in the process. It additionally addresses land seizures from these and the Tecumseh, Tenskwatawa, Black Hawk, and Osceola tribes.

President by Massacre is written for undergraduate and graduate readers who are interested in the Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands, U.S. slavery, and the settler politics of U.S. expansionism.


  • Provides the first comprehensive review of American Indian policies formulated and carried out by three nineteenth-century United States presidents (Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, and Zachary Taylor)
  • Reflects the expertise of an American Indian author among the most notable thinkers in contemporary Native American Studies
  • Stands apart from other books on the market by tackling the subject matter from a native perspective
Barbara Alice Mann, PhD, is professor of humanities in the Jesup Scott Honors College at the University of Toledo. She is the author of 13 books, including Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath (2016), The Tainted Gift (2009), George Washington's War on Native America (2005), and Iroquoian Women (2000), as well as hundreds of chapters and articles. She is currently working as one of four international coauthors on The Dark Side of Empire, examining historical massacres by Euro-settlers of Indigenous peoples worldwide, 1780–1820.
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