Native America: A History / Edition 1

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This history of Native Americans, from the period of first contact to the present day, offers an important variation to existing studies by placing the lives and experiences of Native American communities at the center of the narrative.
• Presents an innovative approach to Native American history by placing individual native communities and their experiences at the center of the study
• Following a first chapter that deals with creation myths, the remainder of the narrative is structured chronologically, covering over 600 years from the point of first contact to the present day
• Illustrates the great diversity in American Indian culture and emphasizes the importance of Native Americans in the history of North America
• Provides an excellent survey for courses in Native American history
• Includes maps, photographs, a timeline, questions for discussion, and "A Closer Focus" textboxes that provide biographies of individuals and that elaborate on the text, exposing students to issues of race, class, and gender

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
Few areas of scholarship have changed as rapidly as the field ofNative American history. Michael Oberg's eloquent new textbook,drawn from his sure command of a vast literature, distills the mostimportant developments in the field and should find a place inevery course focused on the history of America's indigenouspeoples.”
—Peter C. Mancall, University of Southern California

“Oberg's work presents a readable narrative history ofAmerican Indian nations and their history in what became and is theUnited States. Written around issues that faced American Indiansand following the individual chronologies of specific groups indifferent regions, it provides a text that communicates the breadthand complexity of American Indian history to students in a way thatno other text achieves."
—Carol Higham, University of North Carolina atCharlotte

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405160575
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/25/2010
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 744,791
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Leroy Oberg is Professor of History at the University of Houston. He is author of Dominion and Civility: English Imperialism and Native America, 1585–1686 (1999; 2003), Uncas: First of the Mohegans (2003; 2007), and The Head in Edward Nugent’s Hand: Lost Tribes and Lost Colonies at Roanoke Island (2007; 2010), and editor of Samuel Wiseman's Book of Record: The Official Account of Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia, 1676–1677 (2005; 2009). In addition to teaching, Oberg received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Maps.


1. Myths and Legends.

The Beginning of the World.

Rules for Living.


2. Worlds New and Worlds Old.

The Fundamental Violence of Discovery.

Paths of Destruction.


The Mohegans.

New Worlds.

3. Living in the New World.

Mourning Wars.

Colonizing the Mohegans.

The Word of God.

Colonizing the Powhatans.

Forging the Covenant Chain.

Native Peoples and the French in a World of War.

The Pueblos’ Revolt.


The Grand Settlement.

The Cherokees.

Native Peoples and the Nature of Empires.

4. Native Peoples and the Fall of European Empires.

Penn’s Woods.

The Potawatomis in a World of Conflicting Empires.

Settlement and Unsettledness.

Life at the Western Door.

Behind the Frontier.

The Great Wars for Empire.

The Proclamation and the Indian Boundary Line.

Indians and Empires.

5. Native Peoples and the Rise of a New AmericanEmpire.

Change in the Far Western World.

Declarations of Independence.

The Revolution and the Longhouse.

Cherokees and Chickamaugas.

England’s Allies and the Confederation.

The Six Nations and the Empire State.


A New Order for the Ages.

A Year of Consequence: 1794.

The White Man’s Republic.

6. Relocations and Removes.

The Mohegans’ Struggle for Independence.

The Rise of the Prophet.

Handsome Lake.

Dispossessing the Senecas.

Pioneers and Exiles.

Removing from the Missions.

The Optimism of the Imperialist.

7. The Invasion of the Great West.

Pledges and Promises.

Settling In and Settling Down.



The Indians’ Civil War.

Peace and War.

8. The Age of Dispossession.

“Conform to it or be Crushed By It”.

Ghost Dancers.

The Assault on Indian Identity.

Living under the New Regime.

The New Life in the Indian Territory.

The Crows and Life on the Northern Plains.

Native Peoples in the Eastern United States.

A Movement for Reform.

The Origins of the Indian New Deal.

9. New Deals and Old Deals.

Reforming Indian Policy.

Native Peoples and World War II.

Termination and the Coalminer’s Canary.

Cleaning the Slate.

New Frontiers.

Red Power.

10. Sovereign Nations and Colonized Nations.


The State of the Nations.

Exercising Sovereignty.

Toward the Future.

Appendix I. A Reference Timeline.

Appendix II. Discussion Points.

Select Bibliography.


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