McKenney & Hall

Thomas Loraine McKenney was the Superintendent of Indian Affairs at the time of President Andrew Jackson’s endorsement of the Indian Removal Act in 1830, causing him to witness the mass displacement of Native American tribes from their homelands. Together with James Hall, McKenney initiated a project to document the likeness and biographies of 125 Native American chieftains, orators, and translators who engaged in territorial negotiations with the U.S. government during this time. The project was titled History of the Indian Tribes of North America and published in three volumes between 1838 and 1844.