Analysis of American Indian history from prehistory to the present. The course considers the integrity and viability of indigenous societies in North America, the dynamic process of cultural persistence and change, and the clash of cultures that began with European conquest. In particular, it traces the formation and operation of U.S. government policy toward the “first peoples” over the course of several generations. Particular attention will be given to the pre-contact traditions, survival strategies and tribal sovereignty exemplified by native communities in the U.S Prerequisite: Junior standing or instructor's permission. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Junior standing or instructor's permission.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
One of the primary source texts must be assigned and supplemented with at least two secondary source texts. Additional primary and secondary sources may be assigned as well.
Other appropriate scholarly monographs may be assigned.
Major Problems in American Indian History
By Hurtado, Albert & Peter Iverson, eds. (Houghton Mifflin) Category/Comments - Primary Source Required
American Indian History: A Documentary Reader
By Townsend, Camilla, ed. (Wiley-Blackwell) Category/Comments - Primary Source Required
The People: A History of Native America
By R. David Edmunds, Frederick E. Hoxie, and Neal Salisbury (Houghton Mifflin) Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
American Indians in U.S. History
By Nichols, Roger (Oklahoma) Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
First Americans: A History of Native Peoples
By Kenneth W. Townsend, Mark A. Nichols (Pearson) Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
Native America: A History
By Michael Leroy Oberg (Wiley-Blackwell) Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
War Dance at Fort Marion: Plains Indian War Prisoners
By Brad Lookingbill (Oklahoma) Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists in the Heart of the Continent
By Kathleen DuVal Category/Comments - Secondary Source Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe the significant people, places, and events of American Indian history.
Analyze the historical forces that shaped the pre-contact traditions of the indigenous societies in North America.
Explain the strategies of resistance and accommodation employed by different Indian nations.
Analyze the factors shaping federal Indian policy from removal to self-determination.
Evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and trends in the historiography of American Indians.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Because the course represents an upper level history elective, it bears a distinctive responsibility for teaching advanced knowledge within the discipline. It must be distinguished as an advanced course by three structural components: extensive reading, intensive writing, and historiographical thinking. It must require advanced students to complete both in class and out of class projects (i.e., exams, quizzes, papers). The course reading load should be at least 1000 pages; the course writing assignments should total 5000 words. Finally, it must develop student skills and abilities for researching diverse sources of knowledge.
Interpreting Indian People
Woodlands and Borderlands
Alliances and Trade on the Middle Ground
Domestic Dependent Nations
Removal and Ethnic Cleansings
Indian Perspectives on the Civil War
The Buffalo Wars
Reservations and Allotments
New Deal for Indians
Red Power and Self Determination
Indian Country Today
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.