Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Description
Intructor:
Edmunds, R Dave
Discipline and Number
HIST 3396 Section: 001
Day:
TR Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title:
Native Americans in the Twentieth Century

DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course is an ethnohistorical survey of the history of Native American people in the continental United States from the 1890’s through the twentieth century. The course focuses upon Native American efforts to retain their identity and cultural patterns and their response to federal policies designed to eradicate tribal communities.

The course will examine federal Indian policies during this period and discuss the perseverance of reservation and urban Indian communities, the role of tribal people in World War II, the emergence of Native American militancy during the 1960’s and 1970’s, and the ability of tribal leaders to use new definitions of tribal sovereignty to revitalize tribal economies through activities such as gaming and tribal entrepreneurship. Students also will discuss the American public’s continued fascination of with romantic images associated with tribal people and how Native American identity has evolved during the past one hundred years.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Karl Kroeber, ISHI IN TWO WORLDS
Edmunds, Hoxie, Salisbury, THE PEOPLE: HISTORY OF NATIVE AMERICA
R. D. Edmunds, THE NEW WARRIORS: NATIVE LEADERS SINCE 1900
Fred McTaggart, WOLF THAT I AM

COURSE REQUIREMENTS/EVALUATION CRITERIA:

1st Hr. Exam – 25%
2nd Hr. Exam – 25%
Book Reviews – 15%
Final Exam - 35%

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