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Red Man's America: A History of Indians in the United Statesby Ruth Murray Underhill
Synopses & Reviews
Red Man's America meets the great need for a comprehensive study of Indian societies from the first Stone Age hunters to the American citizens of today. Beginning with the first migrations of primitive man from Siberia in the Old World to Alaska in the New, probably during the latter part of the Pleistocene glaciations, and his subsequent migration southward and eastward, the author takes up in turn the tribes and cultures of the various regions of North America.
The material Professor Underhill has gathered from the fields of archaeology, ethnology, and history, together with that drawn from her own experience in the United States Indian Service, produces a fascinating narrative. Red Man's America is an important contribution to our heritage of Indian life and lore.
"A work for which both sociologist and historian will be forever grateful. The author has combined a long period of study with actual field work in the service of the Indian to produce a work that gives a brief, but well written and accurate, sketch of the origins, backgrounds, and customs of the various North American tribes. . . . There is no other modern single volume that contains as much information on the subject."—E.R. Vollmar, The Historical Bulletin
"Liveliness in style and illustration, together with perspicacity in content, makes this book a useful introduction to the civilization of the original inhabitants of the land."—Pacific Historical Review
Red Man's America meets the great need for a comprehensive study of Indian societies from the first Stone Age hunters to the American citizens of todays. Beginning with the first migrations of primitive man from Siberia in the Old World to Alaska in the New, probably during the latter part of the Pleistocene glaciations, and his subsequent migration southward and eastward, the author takes up in turn the tribes and cultures of the various regions of North America.
Table of Contents
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I. The Red Man Discovers America: The First Migrations and the Peopling of the Two Continents
II. America Blooms: The Earliest Corn-growers and the High Cultures of Nuclear America
III. Civilized Tribes: The Five Important Tribes of the Southeast Who Were Later Moved to Oklahoma
IV. Encirclement: Pressure of Whites in the Southeast and Removal of Indians
V. They Have Gone: Algonkian Tribes of the Atlantic Seaboard
VI. A Woodland League of Nations: The Five Tribes of the Iroquois
VII. People of the Calumet: Tribes of the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi
VIII. The New Rich of the Plains: Early Residents of the Buffalo Country and Others Who Moved in with the Coming of the Horse
IX. The Peaceful Corn-growers: Southwestern Agriculturists: The Mogollon, Hohokam, Pueblo, and Pimans
X. Late Arrivals: The Navaho and Apache
XI. Those Who Had Little To Lose: Tribes of the Great Basin and the Plateau
XII. West Coast Medley: Indians of California
XIII. The Potlatch-givers: Tribes of the Pacific Northwest from Northern California to the Canadian Border
XIV. Protective Uncle: Measures Take by the Government on the Indian's Behalf
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