Fall 2023 History UN1488 section 001

Indigenous History of North America

Indigenous Hist of N Amer

Call Number 10403
Day & Time
TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
303 Hamilton Hall
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Michael Witgen
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

This course is an introduction to the history of the Native peoples of North America.  Instruction will focus on the idea that indigenous people in North America possess a shared history in terms of being forced to respond to European colonization, and the emergence of the modern nation-state.  Native peoples, however, possess their own distinct histories and culture.  In this sense their histories are uniquely multi-faceted rather than the experience of a singular racial group.  Accordingly, this course will offer a wide-ranging survey of cultural encounters between the Native peoples of North America, European empires, colonies, and emergent modern nation-states taking into account the many different indigenous responses to colonization and settler colonialism.  This course will also move beyond the usual stories of Native-White relations that center either on narratives of conquest and assimilation, or stories of cultural persistence.  We will take on these issues, but we will also explore the significance of Native peoples to the historical development of modern North America.  This will necessarily entail an examination of race formation, and a study of the evolution of social structures and categories such as nation, tribe, citizenship, and sovereignty.

Web Site Vergil
Department History
Enrollment 25 students (35 max) as of 6:07PM Friday, July 12, 2024
Subject History
Number UN1488
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Note Discussion HIST UN2418 REQUIRED
Section key 20233HIST1488W001