HST 2500 Native Americans and the United States, 1600s-Present (3 credits)
This course will explore the history of American Indians' relations with Anglo Americans, dating from the 1600s to the present, in the region now covering the United States. In doing so, it will ask students to consider how this history shaped American society as a whole. This course will focus on the issues of contact, trade, Native opposition to colonization, intercultural understanding and misunderstanding, and assimilation. It will also analyze the effects of the US government's policies confronting Native Americans, as well as how Native people creatively resisted, accommodated, and adapted to their changing realities in order to preserve their autonomy and cultural identities. Students will study the causes and effects of the French and Indian War, the creation of pan-tribal alliances, the Indian Removal Act, boarding schools and allotment, the Red Power Movement, and other events that shaped Native American history. Given the tremendous diversity of Native experiences and cultures, this course will both focus on and differentiate the histories of selected groups, including the Iroquois, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Sioux. Liberal Education Goal Areas 5 & 7.
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