HIST 595 (01) - Explorations


Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2022 - Full Term (01/25/2022 - 05/09/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   35  
CRN: 55118
See department listings for semester topic. Course meets History major requirement for Group I, II, or III depending on the topic.
Section Comments: Expl Hist Perspectives/Indigenous Peoples & Sovereignty
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Instructors: Cynthia Van Zandt

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 MWF 10:10am - 11:00am HORT 215
Additional Course Details: 

HIST 595 sec. 01

The United States has at various times depended upon Indigenous Peoples, traded with Indigenous Peoples, fought wars against them, acknowledged Native Americans as belonging to sovereign nations and signed treaties with them, forced them off their lands, revoked treaty agreements, forced and encouraged Native Americans to set aside their cultures and ways of life to assimilate to western lifestyles, and faced court challenges over Indigenous rights, resources, and sovereignty.  It is a contradictory, sometimes confusing, and often tragic history.  And yet it is also the history of Indigenous resilience and cultural and political survival.

This course provides an introduction to the history of U.S. Federal Indian policy and to the often- contradictory ways that U.S. policy has changed over time.  Understanding the history of U.S. policy towards Indigenous Americans helps to explain many other aspects of American history, including natural resources, including land, water, gold, and uranium; the role of the courts; the power of the federal government, and the power of identity.  It is also an introduction to Native American history and culture, primarily through the lens of identity and sovereignty.  Students will read works written by Indigenous writers and will watch interviews and films by and featuring Indigenous perspectives. For each topic, we will explore Indigenous perspectives as well as Euro-American perspectives.

By the end of the course students will be able to explain how current issues surrounding Indigenous People’s Day, Indians used as sports mascots, protests over water rights, protests over violence against Native Americans, monuments from Mount Rushmore to Plymouth Rock, all are informed by the past.

This course satisfies the Group I requirement for the History Major.