Book Review : Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen by Queen Liliuokalani

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“Lunalilo Home for aged and indigent Hawaiians… It is well managed, and its inmates are happy and contented, so much so, indeed, that they often conduct themselves as if youth and hope were still their portion, and from the sympathy of daily companionship they wish to enter the closer tie of matrimony. This they are permitted to do without severing their connection with the institution, and there is a separate department provided for those who have thus agreed to finish the journey of life together.” (page 42)

“This is an important page in Hawaiian history, because it shows how persistently, even at that date, the “missionary party” was at work to undermine at every point the authority of the constitutional rulers of the Hawaiian people.” (page 77-78)

Could it be possible, I thought, that a son of one of my early instructors, the child of such a lovely and amiable Christian mother, could so far forget the spirit of that religion his parents taught, and be so carried away with political passion, as to be guilty of murder? (page 183)

For while this was going on in the city, another missionary boy rode out to the country residence of Mr. Gibson, at Kapiolani Park, and entering abruptly into the presence of his daughter, Mrs. Hayselden, threw a lasso over her head… (page 183)

Queen Liliuokalani decided not to fight against the missionary party. They took away King Kalakaua on a boat, they returned with a dead body. Missionary churches and plantations owned by missionary party families still thrive on many islands. They betrayed her in many different ways. Queen Liliuokalani shares her perspective of worldly concerns and personal opinions of others, providing a detailed recollection of Hawaii.

Book Review: Linking Arms Together : American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1600-1800 by Robert A. Williams, Jr.

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Mourning ritual, Condolence Council ritual, Requickening ritual, Great Peace, Sacred Pipe of Peace, multicultural relations, kinship systems, thinking independently, acting for others, Law of Blood, Sharing Caring and Reciprocity, Covenant Chain.

Events of Treaty; Wampum gift giving, storytelling, dancing. Treaty events seen by Europeans as something that needed to be tolerated in order to conduct business. This intolerance formed United States to what it is.

Many quotations of Native American Chiefs, English settlers, and United States Presidents; shows many diverse interpretations of treaty relations.

Describes relations between tribes before Encounter Era. Leads into relations with Europeans during Encounter era. Conclusion offers ways to apply history today.