Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Edmunds, R Dave
Discipline and Number
HIST 3395 Section 001
TR Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
Native American History in the Nineteenth Century

Description of Course:

This course is an ethnohistorical survey of Native American people within the continental United States during the period 1800-1890. The ethnohistory of tribal people in the American Southwest also will be surveyed during the pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial period. The course focuses upon the interaction of different communities of Native American people, and upon the interaction of tribal people and colonizing powers, including Spain, Mexico, and the U.S. The course will examine the response of tribal communities to American Indian policies, and will illustrate the adaptability and persistence of Native American cultures during this period. Finally, the course will ask students to analyze how the interaction of Native Americans and non-Indians shaped the growth and intellectual climate of the American nation in the nineteenth century.

Among the specific subjects to be discussed are: the tactics utilized by eastern tribes in their attempts to fight removal and remain in their homelands east of the Mississippi, and the impact of these tribal communities upon the trans-Mississippi west after their removal to that region; the factors that enabled many Southwestern tribes to remain in their homelands and to retain their traditional cultures; and the struggle of the plains tribes to retain their homelands and their traditional way of life.

Instruction in History 3395 follows a traditional lecture/discussion format.

Required Texts:

To be decided.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be required to attend class, complete the assigned readings, participate in classroom discussions, complete two book reviews, and complete two hour exams and a final examination.

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