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Blackwell Readers in American Social and Cultural History #2: American Indiansby Nancy Shoemaker
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This collection brings together the best recent works covering over five hundred years of American Indian history. Organized chronologically, from pre-Columbian America to recent reflections on the legacy of Indian political activism in the 1960s and 1970s, the readings provide useful tools for understanding the dynamic changes within American Indian societies. Each chapter contains one key essay plus primary historical documents that deal with issues of survival, resistance, accommodation, and adaptation, all of which illuminate the complexity and diversity of American Indian experiences. In addition, Nancy Shoemaker's main historiographical introduction to the volume discusses some of the basic terminology and gives a brief overview of American Indian history. Concise introductions to each article and document, as well as further reading lists, make this an excellent resource for students, scholars, and instructors of American Indian history.
Book News Annotation:
Shoemaker (history, U. of Connecticut) has gathered seven scholarly articles on Native American history from the mid-1990s, arranged them in historical order (from ancient America, to the 19th century removal of the Cherokees along the Trail of Tears, the Indian takeover of Alcatraz), and briefly introduced and then supplemented each one with relevant historical documents. The general introduction discusses Indian historiography from its white, anthropological beginnings with Lewis Henry Morgan and Franz Boas wanting to document a static and dying culture, to "The New Indian History" which began in the 1970s—an approach viewing Indian culture as dynamic and still vital and Indian history as more complex than previously thought. The volume's strength is that it is not just a relentless historical parade of facts/events, but instead pauses to consider this history, contextualize and turn it over from multiple viewpoints, both Native American and white.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This collection brings together the best recent essays covering over five hundred years of American Indian history. Attached to each essay are primary historical documents that deal with issues of survival, resistance, accommodation, and adaptation, all of which illuminate the complexity and diversity of American Indian experiences.
About the Author
Nancy Shoemaker is Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of American Indian Population Recovery in the Twentieth Century (1999), and editor of Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women (1995). She has also published articles on American Indian history in The American Historical Review, The Western Historical Quarterly, and The Journal of Women's History.
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Preface.
Part I: Ancient America: .
Article: The Indians' Old World: Native Americans and the Coming of Europeans: Neal Salisbury.
Nanih Waiya, The Sacred Mound of the Choctaws: H. S. Halbert.
Legend of Nanih Wayah: Muriel Hazel Wright.
Part II: First Encounters:.
Article: The Anglo-Algonquian Gender Frontier: Kathleen M. Brown.
Excerpts from Castañeda's History of the Expedition: Pedro de Castañeda of Náxera.
Voyages of Samuel de Champlain, 1604-1618: W. L. Grant.
Part III: International Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange:.
Article: Dressing for Success on the Mohawk Frontier: Hendrick, William Johnson, and the Indian Fashion: Timothy J. Shannon.
Excerpts from the Treaty of Lancaster.
Witham Marshe's Journal of the Treaty Held with the Six Nations by the Commissioners of Maryland, and Other Provinces, at Lancaster: Witham Marshe.
Part IV: Cherokee Removal:.
Article: Evidence of Surplus Production in the Cherokee Nation Prior to Removal: David M. Wishart.
Excerpts from Census Roll, 1835, of the Cherokee Indians East of the Mississippi.
Three excerpts from The Cherokee Phoenix.
Part V: Sacred Places:.
Article: The Sacred Black Hills: An Ethnohistorical Review: Linea Sundstrom.
Land of the Spotted Eagle: Luther Standing Bear.
The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk's Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt: Raymond J. DeMallie.
Part VI: Boarding Schools.
Article: "Hm! White Boy! You Got No Business Here": K. Tsianina Lomawaima.
Supplemental Report on Indian Education: Thomas J. Morgan.
Education of the American Indian: Henry Roe Cloud.
Part VII: Red Power: .
Article: Remembering Alcatraz: Twenty-five Years After: Troy Johnson and Joane Nagel.
Alcatraz, Activism, and Accommodation: Vine Deloria, Jr.
Mankiller: A Chief and Her People: Wilma Mankiller and Michael Wallis.
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