The People: A History of Native America, Volume 1: To 1861, 1st Edition

  • R. David Edmunds University of Texas at Dallas
  • Frederick E. Hoxie University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Neal Salisbury Smith College
  • ISBN-10: 061836983X  |  ISBN-13: 9780618369836
  • 336 Pages
  • © 2007 | Published
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This narrative takes an ethnographic approach to American Indian history from the arrival of humans on the American continent to the present day. The text provides balanced coverage of political, economic, cultural and social aspects of Indian history. While conveying the effects of European invasion on American Indian communities, the text gives greater attention to the impact of Native actions on the American environment. The authors' Indian-centered point of view treats Indians as actors in their own right, existing in a larger society. As a result, some events in American history loom larger than they would in a general survey, while others, such as Reconstruction, receive minimal coverage. The People demonstrates that the active participation of American Indians in a modern, democratic society has shaped--and will continue to shape--national life.

Features and Benefits

  • Balanced geographically, the text covers Eastern and Midwestern Indians as well as Western Indians.
  • Indian Voices boxed features consist of oral or written testimony by Native persons.
  • People, Places, and Things focus on Indian artifacts and photographs, explaining the objects' cultural significance and influence on the Indian people. One example includes a photograph of a female Apache warrior who fought with Geronimo; the accompanying text discusses the role of women in Apache resistance.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

R. David Edmunds

R. David Edmunds, Watson Professor of American History at the University of Texas at Dallas, received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma. He has written or edited nine books, including The Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire (1987), which won the Francis Parkman Prize, and The Fox Wars: The Mesquakie Challenge to New France (1993), which won the Alfred Heggoy Prize. He has held Ford Foundation, Newberry, and Guggenheim fellowships and has advised documentary filmmakers, tribal governments, foundations, and museums. In 2003, Dr. Edmunds served as President of the American Society for Ethnohistory.

Frederick E. Hoxie

Frederick E. Hoxie, Swanlund Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received his Ph.D. degree from Brandeis University. His publications include A Final Promise: The Campaign to Assimilate the Indians (1984), Parading Through History: The Making of the Crow Nation in America, 1805-1935 (1995), and Talking Back to Civilization: Indian Voices from the Progressive Era (2001). He is general editor of The American Indians, a 23-volume series of books published by Time-Life, and series editor (with Neal Salisbury) for Cambridge Studies in American Indian History. He has served as a consultant both to Indian tribes and government agencies. He has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has served as president of the American Society for Ethnohistory.

Neal Salisbury

Neal Salisbury, Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor Emeritus in the Social Sciences (History), at Smith College, received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of MANITOU AND PROVIDENCE: INDIANS, EUROPEANS, AND THE MAKING OF NEW ENGLAND, 1500-1643 (1982), editor of THE SOVEREIGNTY AND GOODNESS OF GOD, by Mary Rowlandson (1997), and co-editor, with Philip J. Deloria, of THE COMPANION TO AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY (2002). With R. David Edmunds and Frederick E. Hoxie, he has written THE PEOPLE: A HISTORY OF NATIVE AMERICA (2007). He has contributed numerous articles to journals and edited collections and co-edits a book series, CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY. He is active in the fields of colonial and Native American history and has served as president of the American Society for Ethnohistory and on the Council of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.