The Complete Idiot's Guide to Native American History, 1st Edition

  • Walter Fleming
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  • ISBN-10: 1440614555
  • ISBN-13: 9781440614552
  • DDC: 970.00497
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 366 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2003 | Published/Released January 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2003

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This book is a comprehensive overview of the history and culture of the peoples who are now known as the First Americans. Author Walter C. Fleming covers the many different tribes that stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific, including compelling biographies of their greatest leaders. He examines the beliefs, customs, legends and the myriad contributions Native Americans have given to modern society, and details the often tragic history of their conquest by European invaders, their treatment-both historical and recent-under the U.S. government, and the harsh reality of life on today's reservations.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents at a Glance.
1: America B.C. (Before Columbus).
2: Who (and What) is an American Indian?.
3: We were here First: Populating Turtle Island.
4: The Most Ancient Ones.
5: Where and How They Lived.
6: There Goes the Neighborhood.
7: First Contacts: The Spanish and the French.
8: Colonization and Conflict.
9: Caught in the Power Struggle.
10: Native Americans and the Upstart States United.
11: Bossing Indians Around: A History of the BIA.
12: Exploring the Interior.
13: Expansion and Removal.
14: Reservations and Resistance.
15: The War Out West.
16: More Gold and Blood.
17: The Road to the Little Bighorn.
18: The Last Little Wars.
19: Getting “Civilized”.
20: The Indian New Deal.
21: Back to the Bad Old Days.
22: Modern Indians, Modern Challenges.
23: Indians Take the Reins: Tribal Self-Determination.
24: When Rights Collide: Hunting, Fishing, and Gathering.
25: Indian Education: Unto the Seventh Generation.
26: Bitter Medicine: Indian Health and Well-Being.
27: Gambling on the Future: Tribal Economies.
28: Protecting Traditional Beliefs and Practices.
Appendix A: Stand Up and Be Counted: American Indian Population Facts.
Appendix B: Glossary.
Appendix C: Bibliography.