Native American History: Pre-Columbian Era to 1890|
Fall 2011 not offered
This course examines the experiences of indigenous North Americans from the period immediately preceding the arrival of Europeans in America to the close of the 19th century. Particular attention is paid to the viewpoints from which both Natives and Euro-Americans perceived their historical relations and to Native beliefs, values, and sociocultural practices. The class is designed to provide students with a general knowledge of the Native American experience in colonial America and the United States. In addition, it explores the various strategies Natives employed in response to the European conquest of America and examines Native cultural continuity and change. The course asserts that Native history is not peripheral but, rather, is central to U.S. history and argues that neither Natives nor indigenous cultures are "disappearing."
Students investigate a number of topics, including precontact Native cultures and economies, early interactions between Native Americans and Europeans, the fur trade, slave trade, and the establishment of military and economic alliances. The course also explores Native American roles in North American empires and Indian participation in the American Revolution. The latter part of the class focuses on Native relations with the United States and the strategies Natives used to contend with American expansion.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)
Colin Galloway, FIRST PEOPLES: A DOCUMENTARY SURVEY OF AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY
Pekka Hamalainen, THE COMANCHE EMPIRE
Howard Harrod, BECOMING AND REMAINING A PEOPLE: NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGIONS ON THE NORTHERN PLAINS
Daniel Richter, FACING EAST FROM INDIAN COUNTRY
James Sandos, CONVERTING CALIFORNIA: INDIANS AND FRANCISCANS IN THE MISSIONS
Martha Weisiger, DREAMING OF SHEEP IN NAVAJO COUNTRY
Richard White, THE MIDDLE GROUND
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Midterm and final exams, two papers, and a book review (students will write a review of a book of their choice).
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