The purpose of this website is to enrich the curriculum of courses dealing with the social and economic history of the U.S., but the material may also be helpful to general U.S. history survey courses. The page presents questions based on a combination of texts in order to give students an exposure to diverse viewpoints of Native America. The questions are suitable for class discussion, for take-home assignment, and for essay examinations.
This website, like the year-long course it supports, is broken into two sections. The first covers the period from initial contact of Native Americans and Europeans to 1876; the second covers the period from 1877 to the present.
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For each section, a list of readings is given. Additional bibliographical information is available on many of the Native America texts; click on the author's name or see the Voices and Dreams Annotated Bibliography.
One source of great help to all history instructors is Judith Nies' Native American History: A Chronology of a Culture's Vast Achievements and Their Links to World Events, published by Ballantine Books, New York, in 1996. This book, in timetable double-column format, presents milestones in "World History" in one column next to milestones in "Native American History" in the other. It is extremely helpful to know what's been left out of whatever general U.S. history book is the main text for a class.
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