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Native American History: Pre-Columbian Era to 1890

AMST 248
Fall 2012 not offered
Crosslisting: HIST 226
Course Cluster: Disability Studies

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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)

Last Updated on FEB-27-2024
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