HIST 595 (1SY) - Explorations

Expl/Indigenous Peoples U.S.

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Online Course Delivery Method: Scheduled meeting time, Rotational Attendance, Online with some campus visits, EUNH
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   23  
CRN: 56380
See department listings for semester topic. Course meets History major requirement for Group I, II, or III depending on the topic.
Section Comments: Full Title: Indigenous Peoples, Sovereignty, & the United States
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 MW 12:10pm - 1:00pm HORT 215
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 F 12:10pm - 1:00pm ONLINE
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What is the Indigenous history behind the BIPOC movement? Current issues surrounding Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the use of Native Americans as sports team mascots, protests over water rights, conflicts over monuments from Mount Rushmore to Plymouth Rock, protests over violence against Native Americans and the ways the criminal justice system treats Indigenous Americans, all have been informed by the past.  This course contextualizes many of these issues by providing an introduction to Native American history through the lens of identity and sovereignty.  We will study how interactions between European nations and Indigenous peoples during the 16th and 17th centuries influenced policies of the United States after the American Revolution. The bulk of the course then explores changing US policies towards its native peoples from the beginning of the U.S. period to the present. U.S. federal policy and its precursors provides the chronological framework of the course, but Indigenous perspectives are an integral part of every unit.  Students will read works written by Indigenous writers and watch videos by and featuring Native American perspectives for each topic covered.

This course counts for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor (NAIS Minor) and satisfies the Group I requirement for the History Major.


One required text: Michael Leroy Oberg, Native America: A History, Second Edition (Wiley Blackwell, 2018). ISBN: 9781118937112, either paperback or e-text.