Spring 2024 History UN1512 section 001

The Battle for North America: An Indigen

Battle for N. America

Call Number 11676
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 will explore the struggle to control the continent of North America from an Indigenous perspective. After a century of European colonization Native peoples east of the Mississippi River Valley formed a political confederation aimed at preserving Native sovereignty. This Native confederacy emerged as a dominant force during the Seven Years War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. At times Native political interests aligned with the French and British Empires, but remained in opposition to the expansion of Anglo-American colonial settlements into Indian country. This course is designed to engage literature and epistemology surrounding these New World conflicts as a means of the colonial and post-colonial past in North America.  We will explore the emergence of intersecting indigenous and European national identities tied to the social construction of space and race. In this course I will ask you to re-think American history by situating North America as a Native space, a place that was occupied and controlled by indigenous peoples.  You will be asked to imagine a North America that was indigenous and adaptive, and not necessarily destined to be absorbed by European settler colonies.  Accordingly, this course we will explore the intersections of European colonial settlement and Euro-American national expansion, alongside of the emergence of indigenous social formations that dominated the western interior until the middle of the 19th century.  This course is intended to be a broad history of Indigenous North America during a tumultuous period, but close attention will be given to use and analysis of primary source evidence.  Similarly, we will explore the necessity of using multiple genres of textual evidence – archival documents, oral history, material artifacts, etc., -- when studying indigenous history.

Web Site Vergil
Department History
Enrollment 17 students (35 max) as of 7:07PM Monday, July 22, 2024
Subject History
Number UN1512
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Note Discussion HIST UN1513 REQUIRED
Section key 20241HIST1512W001