David H. Kleit
Explores the wide variety of interactions in North America, ranging from close alliances to outright warfare, between Native Americans and Europeans and their descendants from contact through the removal of most of the remaining eastern Indians to land west of the Mississippi River during the 1830s.
We will explore the wide variety of interactions between Native Americans and Europeans and their descendants in North America. Distinct peoples sought to understand, influence, and respond to each other as their encounters transformed the worlds of all involved. Their resulting relationships ranged from close alliances, trade, and intermarriage to conflict and outright warfare. We will read extensively in primary documents from both white and Indian sources. After beginning with the arrival of Europeans in their “New World” and the dramatic changes it triggered, we will explore intercultural relations in New Mexico and New France during the seventeenth century. Subsequently, our focus will turn to the very different English colonies and their Native American neighbors from the late sixteenth century until the United States emerged from the American Revolution. We will close with consideration of early United States Indian policy and Native American responses through the 1830s when the United States removed most of the remaining eastern Indians to land west of the Mississippi River.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Our class time will be divided among lecture, class discussion, and small group work.
Previous history classes will be helpful but are not required.
Class assignments and grading
Regular and careful reading of the assignments will provide the necessary basis for active and constructive participation in class discussion and small group work. There will be a final exam, two 5 page papers analyzing primary documents, and one 2 page paper responding to a movie.
Discussion and group work 25% Final Exam 35% Writing 40%