The Rise and Fall of North American Indians: From Prehistory through Geronimo

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Who were the first settlers in North America? Where did they come from? How did they survive? In this expansive one-volume account of the native peoples of North America, eminent historian William Brandon—who devoted much of his life to examining this subject—presents this revelatory history of the development and culture of the native peoples of North America, from their incipience through the late nineteenth century. Among those from Central America were the art-obsessed Mayans and Olmecs; from North America ...
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Overview

Who were the first settlers in North America? Where did they come from? How did they survive? In this expansive one-volume account of the native peoples of North America, eminent historian William Brandon—who devoted much of his life to examining this subject—presents this revelatory history of the development and culture of the native peoples of North America, from their incipience through the late nineteenth century. Among those from Central America were the art-obsessed Mayans and Olmecs; from North America came the Ojibwa, Powhatan, Cree, Illinois, Apache, Cherokee, Natchez, Sioux, and many others. In The Rise and Fall of North American Indians, Brandon brings this world to life and chronicles ten thousand years of Indian history.
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Editorial Reviews

Colorado Springs Gazette
One of the more well-rounded history books on the North American Indians. The book is objective and pays great attention to detail.
American History - Brian John Murphy
An eloquent and exhaustive chronicle of the history of North America's peoples.
Midwest Book Review
The Rise and Fall of North American Indians: From Prehistory Through Geronimo provides a scholarly account tracing the history of Native Americans from their Stone Age roots through their rise and fall to today's world. It's a sweeping and impassioned survey that tells the stories of all kinds of tribes, their encounters with white people, and the evolution of Indian-White relations that would become the blueprint for the eventual near-extinction of not just tribes, but an entire culture. Tribes chronicled here range from Mayans and Olmecs to Cree and Apache and beyond, and offers a definitive survey of the extent of tribal relationships and struggles in North America. Any collection looking for such an in-depth survey will find this reference a 'must have' addition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570984525
  • Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/16/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 628
  • Sales rank: 493,095
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eminent historian William Brandon (1914-2002) was a writer for seventy years. His fiction, poetry, and essays appeared in periodicals ranging from Black Mask to Paris Review. Brandon’s books on the American West and American Indians range from The American Heritage Book of Indians to an anthology of American Indian poetry.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Part I. The Ancient Americas
Chapter 1: The Dawntime
Chapter 2: In the Footsteps of the Ancients
Chapter 3: Art and Numbers
Chapter 4: Under the Wheel of Time
Chapter 5: Turmoil and Temple in Central Mexico
Chapter 6: From the Toltecs to the Incas
Chapter 7: Empires of the Sun
Chapter 8: When Worlds Collide
Chapter 9: Through the Lookinglass I
Chapter 10: March of the Metal Men
Chapter 11: The Plumed Serpent
Chapter 12: Cornfield and Kiva
Chapter 13: Blood, Gold, and Souls
Part II. Heritage of the New World
Chapter 14: Through the Lookinglass II
Chapter 15: Serpent Mound to Tattooed Serpent
Chapter 16: People of the Forest
Chapter 17: Puritans and Indians
Chapter 18: European Cannon Meet Longhouse Diplomacy
Chapter 19: Muskets across the Mountains
Chapter 20: The Road Not Taken
Chapter 22: A Man for All Seasons
Chapter 23: Death and Dispossession in the Heartland
Chapter 24: Through the Lookinglass III
Chapter 25: Under the Northern Lights
Chapter 26: Golden Hills, Crimson Blood
Chapter 27: From Sacajawea to Chief Joseph
Chapter 28: Buffalo Indians and Pony Soldiers
Chapter 29: The Last Stronghold
Chapter 30: Through the Lookinglass IV
Epilogue
Notes
Index
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