AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY
HIST 495-01
Syllabus

Instructor:  Deborah Welch

Office:  105B Wynne
Office Hours:
MW 11:00-12:00
TR  10:00-11:00
F  10:00-12:00
Phone:  X2773
E-Mail:  welchds@longwood.edu
Fax:  434-395-2198

Course Objectives:  The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of American Indian history from pre-colonial times until the present.  Emphasis is placed on Indian-Anglo cultural interaction, U.S. policy development, and the roles played by Indian peoples to ensure their survival and on-going cultural integrity into the 21st century.  During this semester, you should acquire an appreciation for the variety of Indian nations and distinctive societies as well as a new view of American history.  At the same time, this course
is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop your analytical abilities and writing skills through discussion and exam essays.

Texts:  Ariel Gibson, The American Indian:  Prehistory to Present
Steven Mintz, ed., Native American Voices
Tony Hillerman, A Thief of Time
 
 

Week 1, Aug. 31/Sept. 2  Introduction to Course
    Indian Origins:  Theories and evidence
    Precontact tribal and band development
    Gibson, chaps. 1 & 2

Week 2, Sept. 7/9   Invasion and the Spanish Southwest
     Gibson, chaps. 3 & 4

Week 3, Sept. 14/16  Spanish encomienda and French co-existance/destruction
     In North America
    Variations on Policy:  the Dutch Northeast, Russian
     Northwest, and Spanish Southeast
     Gibson, chaps. 5
     Mintz, chaps. 1, 4

Week 4, Sept. 21/23  First English Contact in north America:  the Image of the Indian and
     Its Impact on Policy Development
     Gibson, chaps. 9, 10, 11
     Mintz, chaps. 5, 6

Week 5, Sept. 28/30  Metal, Trade, and the Destruction of Indian Economies /Societies
    The Struggle of Nations:  European and Indian
     Mintz, chap. 3

Week 6, Oct. 5/7   The American Revolution and Washington Indian Policy
    Jeffersonian Indian Policy and the Beginning of Removal
     Gibson, chap. 11
     Mintz, chaps. 7, 8

Week 7, Oct. 12/14  Jacksonian Removal
     Gibson, chaps. 12 & 13
     Mintz, chaps 9-14
    Mid-terms distributed

Week 8, Oct. 21   Western Expansion and Indian resistance
     Gibson, chaps. 14 & 15
     Mintz, 15-18

Week 9, Oct. 26/28  The Battle for the Great Plains
     Gibson, chap. 16
     Mintz, chaps. 19-21

Week 10, Nov. 2/4  The Reservation Era and the Indian Response
    Developing a Cultural Homeland
    U.S. Acculturation Policy and the Dawes Act
     Gibson, chaps. 18 & 19
     Mintz, chap. 22

Week 11, Nov. 9/11  The Rise of Pan-Indianism
    Oil and Graft:  The Struggle in Oklahoma
    Documentary:  "Indians, Outlaws, and Angie Debo"

Week 12, Nov. 16/18  John Collier and the Indian New Deal; the Indian
     Reorganization Act of 1934
     Gibson, chap. 20
     Mintz, chap. 23

Week 13, Nov. 23  World War II and the Onset of Termination
     Gibson, chap. 21
     Mintz, chap. 24

Week 14, Nov. 30/Dec. 2  Modern Indian Issues
     "Cheyenne Autumn"
     "Medicine River"

Week 15, Dec. 7/9  "Smoke Signals"
    Modern Indian press
    Hillerman, A Thief of Time

Course Requirements:
 1 mid-term exam; one book review; one final exam
 group discussions on assigned readings
 oral reports on assigned readings (you may be called upon in class at any time
  to review reading for that week)

Grading:
 Mid-term exam (due Oct. 21)  25%
 Book review (due Dec. 9)   20%
 Participation    20%
 Final exam    35%

Attendance Policy:
Attendance in this course is imperative.  Moreover, your mind, as well as your body, must be present and that mind should be steeped in careful study and preparation of the materials.  This syllabus
Is provided in order that you may prepare for class by reading the chapters indicated carefully before attending the lecture and discussion.  A maximum of 5 absences will be accepted before deductions begin.  Should you exceed 10 absences (excused or unexcused), course failure is automatic.

Honor Code:  See student handbook.  All work completed for this course will be considered pledged.

Accommodations:  Students needing extra time or assistance for disabilities should contact the Learning Center.


 
 

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