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Josiah Priest (1788–1861) was a popular American nonfiction writer of the early 19th century. His books and pamphlets, which presented both standard and speculative history and archaeology sold in the thousands. Although Priest appears to have been poorly educated, he attempted to portray himself as an authority in his books. Priest is often identified as one of the creators of pseudoscientific and pseudohistoric literature.

Although his work was widely read and several of his works were published in multiple editions, his books were characterized by theories that were used to justify the violent domination over both the Native American and African-American peoples. Priest’s works were among the most overtly racist of his time. Priest’s offensive works help set the stage for the genocide of the Trail of Tears and the defense of slavery that contributed to the conflicts of the American Civil War.

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Josiah Priest (1788–1861) was a popular American nonfiction writer of the early 19th century. His books and pamphlets, which presented both standard and speculative history and archaeology sold in the thousands. Although Priest appears to have been poorly educated, he attempted to portray himself as an authority in his books. Priest is often identified as one of the creators of pseudoscientific and pseudohistoric literature.

 

Although his work was widely read and several of his works were published in multiple editions, his books were characterized by theories that were used to justify the violent domination over both the Native American and African-American peoples. Priest’s works were among the most overtly racist of his time. Priest’s offensive works help set the stage for the genocide of the Trail of Tears and the defense of slavery that contributed to the conflicts of the American Civil War.

 

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Main author: Josiah Priest

 

Title: American antiquities, and discoveries in the West : being an exhibition of the evidence that an ancient population of partially civilized nations, differing entirely from those of the present Indians, peopled America, many centuries before its discovery by Columbus. And inquiries into their origin, with a copious description of many of their stupendous works, now in ruins. With conjectures concerning what may have become of them

 

Published: Albany, N.Y. : Printed by Hoffman and White, No. 71, State-Street, 1833.

 

Language: English

 

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Binding: tight and secure leather binding

Pages: complete with all 400 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such

Publisher: Albany, N.Y. : Printed by Hoffman and White, No. 71, State-Street, 1833.

Size: ~ 8.5in X 5.5in (21.5cm x 14cm)

 

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Josiah Priest (1788–1861) was a popular American nonfiction writer of the early 19th century. His books and pamphlets, which presented both standard and speculative history and archaeology sold in the thousands. Although Priest appears to have been poorly educated, he attempted to portray himself as an authority in his books. Priest is often identified as one of the creators of pseudoscientific and pseudohistoric literature.[1] Although his work was widely read and several of his works were published in multiple editions, his books were characterized by theories that were used to justify the violent domination over both the Native American and African-American peoples. Priest’s works were among the most overtly racist of his time. Priest’s offensive works help set the stage for the genocide of the Trail of Tears and the defense of slavery that contributed to the conflicts of the American Civil War.

Category

Americana, American History

Authors

Josiah Priest

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete