Masters of Empire is a master class in how to do history right. If anyone is at all interested in knowing how to 'help' Indian people, they would do no better than following McDonnell's example: trying (and succeeding) in seeing our history and our actions as representative of smart, savvy, thinking actors in our own lives. This is an astounding book.
Reading Michael A. McDonnell’s Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America, the resonances of my boyhood trip became even more clear. We flew in a Detroit-made machine across a monument to colonial technology towering over Native people we knew nothing about. We couldn’t pronounce the name of the place where they lived, much less the name they called themselves. In this, we were like many outsiders who had come before us.