Following the War of 1812, the United States government sought to more directly deal with the Native tribes in the American interior. The establishment of Indian agency blacksmith shops was one significant component of this endeavor. While it remains a virtually untouched topic in scholarship, the analysis of agency blacksmith services may reveal significant historical insights within topics as diverse as ethnic perception, material culture, frontier government practices, and language dynamics during a time of great upheaval. This case study of the blacksmith shop at the Fort Winnebago sub-agency in pre-state Wisconsin seeks to demonstrate the manner in which these institutions provide new opportunities for a better understanding of the cultural and political dynamics of the American frontier.
Novey, Adam G.
"Forging Insights: Indian Agency Blacksmiths of the American Frontier,"
Bound Away: The Liberty Journal of History: Vol. 3
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/ljh/vol3/iss1/3