9780028644691

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Native American History

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  • ISBN13:

    9780028644691

  • ISBN10:

    0028644697

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-04-01
  • Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS

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Summary

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

Part 1: America B.C. (Before Columbus)
1(44)
Who (and What) Is an Indian?
3(8)
We Were Here First: Populating Turtle Island
11(8)
The Most Ancient Ones
19(8)
Where and How They Lived
27(18)
Part 2: There Goes the Neighborhood
45(86)
First Contacts: The Spanish and the French
47(12)
Colonization and Conflict
59(10)
Caught in the Power Struggle
69(16)
Native Americans and the Upstart States United
85(10)
Bossing Indians Around: A History of the BIA
95(8)
Exploring the Interior
103(14)
Expansion and Removal
117(14)
Part 3: Reservations and Resistance
131(86)
The War Out West
133(14)
More Gold and Blood
147(12)
The Road to the Little Bighorn
159(16)
The Last Little Wars
175(16)
Getting ``Civilized''
191(12)
The Indian New Deal
203(6)
Back to the Bad Old Days
209(8)
Part 4: Modern Indians, Modern Challenges
217(86)
Indians Take the Reins: Tribal Self-Determination
219(8)
When Rights Collide: Hunting, Fishing, and Gathering
227(14)
Indian Education: Unto the Seventh Generation
241(14)
Bitter Medicine: Indian Health and Well-Being
255(14)
Gambling on the Future: Tribal Economies
269(10)
Protecting Traditional Beliefs and Practices
279(24)
Appendixes
A Stand Up and Be Counted: American Indian Population Facts
289(6)
B Glossary
295(4)
C Bibliography
299(4)
Index 303

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