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This text presents a carefully selected group of readings, on topics such as European encounters and contemporary Native American activism that allow students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions.
- The third edition has been extensively revised and updated to reflect the latest trends and scholarship in the field.
- NEW: Chapter 9: Native People, Families, and Nations Confront American Westward Expansion, 1840-1865.
- The final chapter is completely revised and updated and includes material on gaming and indigenous identity.
- More than half of the essays are new to the third edition.
- The third edition is organized more chronologically than previous editions.
- There is an increased focus on gender.
- Includes two essays that focus on urban Indian communities in the 20th century.
- Chapters 4 and 5 have been reorganized into a new Chapter 4: Southern and Northern Encounters, 1600-1700.
- NEW: Chapter 5: Eastern Encounters, 1600-1700.
- NEW: Chapter 6: War and Survival, 1700-1763 gives greater attention to the French and Indian war.
- Chapters 7 and 8 have been combined into a new Chapter 7: Continental Transformations, 1763-1815.
- Emphasizes American Indian history beyond the year 1900; nearly a third of the book is devoted to the 20th and 21st centuries.
- Advances the general theme of Indian agency over victimization.
- Presents an Indian-centered, rather than European-directed, story.
- Includes both written texts and oral sources.
- Highlights those Indigenous people who continue to live east of the Mississippi River in the 20th century.
2. Early American History.
3. Strangers on the Shores, 1492-1600.
4. Southern and Northern Encounters, 1600-1700.
5. Eastern Encounters, 1600-1700.
6. War and Survival, 1700-1763.
7. Continental Transformations, 1763-1815.
8. A Tightening Circle, 1750 -1840.
9. Native People Confront Westward Expansion, 1840-1865.
10. Resistance, Restrictions, and Renewals, 1865-1890.
11. Education, Land and Sovereignty in the Assimilation Era, 1890-1920.
12. New Deals and Old Deals, 1920-1940.
13. Wars Abroad and at Home, 1941-1960.
14. Taking Control of Education, Land, and Lives, 1960-1981.
15. Identity, History, and Economic Development in the 21st Century.
“This is well organized, intelligently conceived and expertly executed. The level of the material, in terms of the degree of sophistication […] is consistent and appropriate. I have seen the series used in upper-level undergraduate courses and graduate courses and I think it works equally well in both.” “The strengths of the anthology are the strengths of the entire series. The combination of primary documents and synthesis provide students with a blend that is apparent in ways it is not in other texts. The willingness to engage evolving interpretations and disagreements among historians is another strength that forces students to consider evidence and to provide meaningful analysis. Clearly, the combination of a wide range of scholars is another strength. The approach reinforces in students the notion that history is a dynamic subject, whose practitioners do more than relate facts.”
“The selection of primary source materials perfectly illustrates the themes of each of the chapters. They are easy to use in discussions with the students because they are generally pithy and memorable. The articles chosen for each chapter compliment each other well, whether they approach the same subject in different ways, or illuminate differing viewpoints on the same subject. The chapter sequencing and organization works well....It's wonderful to have such a comprehensive text that uses primary sources to illustrate points being made in the articles. And then the articles in each chapter compliment each other well. When I use a Major Problems text, I can always count on students commenting on the Primary sources, and understanding pretty well what the article authors are trying to convey. This makes for excellent discussions in class and students who are willing to get the reading done. This volume is no different; this is why I use it!”