Sample 1: “Asserting Rights, Reclaiming Space: District of Marshpee v. Phineas Fish, 1833-1843”
From May of 1833 to March of 1834, the Mashpee Wampancag tribe of Cape Cod Massachusetts waged an campaign that is aggressive gain political and religious autonomy from the state. In March of 1834, the Massachusetts legislature passed an act disbanding the white guardians appointed to conduct affairs when it comes to Mashpee tribe and incorporated Mashpee as an district that is indian. The Mashpee tribe’s fight to restore self-government and control over land and resources represents a significant “recover of Native space.” Equally significant is exactly what happened once that space was recovered.
The main topic of this paper addresses an understudied and essential period in the history of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. Despite a body that is growing of in the Mashpee, scholars largely neglect the time scale between 1834 and 1869. This paper looks once the Mashpee tribe’s campaign to dismiss Harvard appointed minister Phineas Fish; the fight to regain the parsonage he occupied, its resources, therefore the community meetinghouse. This paper will argue the tribe asserted its power in the political and landscape that is physical reclaim their meetinghouse and also the parsonage land. (more…)