American Indians in American History, 1870-2001: A Companion Reader / Edition 1

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Although coverage of American Indian history has improved remarkably in the past 20 years, the role of American Indians is still downplayed in many mainstream American history courses. In-depth discussions of United States policies toward Native Americans or the reactions of Native Americans do not appear in most textbooks. This book helps to overcome these shortcomings. Designed to accompany post-Reconstruction survey courses, it will help to integrate aspects of American Indian history. Arranged according to time periods used in most textbooks, the book's seventeen essays—many written by leading scholars, several written by American Indian scholars—discuss important policy considerations as well as environmental, religious, cultural, and gender issues.

Providing a good point of departure, these essays can be used in tandem with other materials to stimulate class discussion. While every aspect of American history could not be covered, each section includes an extensive list of suggested additional reading. The volume is unique in that it is the only companion reader designed to accompany college courses covering this time period. It is a book to be used by instructors who are not necessarily Native Americanists but who wish to include the history of American Indians in their survey courses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275972776
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

STERLING EVANS is Assistant Professor of History at Humboldt State University and is author of The Green Republic: A Conservation History of Costa Rica (1999).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The 1870s and 1880s: The Clash of Cultures 1
1 Being Native to This Place 3
2 Wars of the Peace Policy, 1869-1886 17
Pt. II The 1890s and Early 1900s: Assimilation and Its Implications 35
3 Becoming a Community: The Nez Perces Confront the Dawes Act 37
4 Federal Indian Education 44
5 "The Father Tells Me So!" Wovoka: The Ghost Dance Prophet 51
6 Progressive-Era Bureaucrats and the Unity of Twentieth-Century Indian Policy 64
Pt. III The 1930s-1945: American Indians during Depression and War 81
7 The Indian New Deal as a Mirror of the Future 83
8 Fighting a White Man's War: The Extent and Legacy of American Indian Participation in World War II 93
Pt. IV 1945-1960: Termination, Relocation, and Stereotypes 109
9 Building Toward Self-Determination: Plains and Southwestern Indians in the 1940s and 1950s 111
10 The Labor of Extras: American Indians in Hollywood, 1941-1960 120
Pt. V The 1960s and 1970s: Self-Determination, Activism, and Spiritual Rights 129
11 Federal Indian Policy and Self-Determination during the Kennedy and Johnson Years 131
12 A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, American Indian Activism, and the Occupation of Alcatraz 138
13 The Peyote Religion and the Native American Church 146
Pt. VI The 1980s-2000: Contemporary American Indian Issues 165
14 Commonality of Difference: American Indian Women and History 167
15 Repatriation, Reburial, and Religious Rights 177
16 Coyote's Game: Indian Casinos and the Indian Presence in Contemporary America 194
17 The Demand for Natural Resources on Reservations 207
Afterword 225
Index 235
About the Contributors 247
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