HISTORY 378
NATIVE AMERICANS IN NORTH AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1830
FALL 1997

Instructor: Professor Susan Slccpcr-Smith
Office Hours: Monday, 4:30-6:00 in Morrill Hall, Room 324
Office Phone: 353-5094; Main Officc: 355-7500
E-Mail: sleepers@pilot.msu.edu

REQUIRED BOOKS:

James Axtell, The Indian Peoples of Eastern America: America; A Documentary History of the Sexes
Alfred Crosby, Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492
Ella Carla Deloria, Waterlily
Gregory Evans Dowd, A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity
James Merrell, The Indians' New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact Through the Era of Removal
Anthony F.C. Wallace, The Death and Rebirth of the Seneca

SUPPLEMENTARY BOOKS:

Jennifer Brown, Strangers in Blood
Michael McConnell, A Country Between
Tom Hatley, Dividing Paths
Tanis C. Thorne: The Many Hands of My Relations

GRADING

Your final grade is based on the successful completion of the following work, which must be submitted in PRINTED FORMAT ON THE ASSIGNED DATE, LATE ASSIGNMENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

One-Third: Completion of 4 Book Rcvicws which includes 4 assigned books in this course and 1 book from the supplementary list. The lowest grade will be dropped from the average.
One-Third: In Class Midterm
One-Third: Take Home Essay Final Examination Attendance is expected at each class. Students who fail to attend class on a regular basis will rcccivc an appropriate grade reduction.

GRADING
Book Review
A TWO PAGE SUMMERY of your reaction to each book is due in class on the days indicated on the assignment sheet. Your brief review of each book should deal with three questions: l.One to two paragraph summary of the book; 2.A statement that addresses the author's main thesis; 3.An evaluation of how successfully the author has proven his or her thesis. Students unfamilar with how to write a book review should consult such journals as American Indian Culture and Research Journal or The William and Mary Quarterly.

A FOUR TO SIX PAGE SUMMARY of your reaction to any ONE of the following supplementary books is due on the day indicated on the assignment sheet. Your review of this book should be more analytical and detailed than your two page review summary but should follow the same format and address the same questions. Examples of this type of review can be found in Reviews in American History.

SUPPLEMENTARY BOOKS:

Jennifer Brown, Strangers in Blood; Fur Trade Company Families in Indian Country
Michael McConnell, A Country Bctwocn: The Upper Ohio Valley and Its People 1724-1774 (this book is available in limited quantities or at the library)
Tom Hatley, Dividing Paths: Cherokees and South Carolinians through the Revolutionary Era
Tanis C. Thorne: The Many Hands of My Relations: French and Indians on the Lower Missouri

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

Week 1

Monday, August 31: Pre-Contact America: Chiefdoms and States
Wednesday, September 2: Cahokia, from The Founders of America by Francis Jennings

Week 2

Monday, September 7: Labor Day, No Class
Wednesday, September 9: Film: "The Sun Dagger'

Week 3

Monday, September 14: Neal Salisbury, "The Indians' Old World: Native Americans and the Coming of Europeans" from The William & Mary Ouarterly, July 1996
Wednesday, September 16: Columbian Exchange
REVIEW ESSAY OF CROSBY'S COLOMBIAN EXCHANGE DUE

Week 4

Monday, September 21: The Fur Trade
Bruce J. Bourque and Ruth H. Whitehead, "Trade and Alliances in the Contact Period" Dean L. Anderson, "The Flow of European Trade Goods into the Western Great Lakes Region, 1715-1760"
Wednesday, September 23: Film: Ikwe

Week 5

Monday, September 28: James Merrell, "'The Customes of Our Country': Indians and Colonists in Early America," from Strangers within the Realm, ea., Bernard Bailyn
Wednesday, September 30: Axtell, The Indian Peoples

Week 6

Monday, October 5: Axtell, The Indian Peoples, pages
Wednesday, October 7: James Merrell, The Indians' New World, 1-91

Week 7

Monday, October 12: Monday, October 13: REVIEW ESSAY OF MERRELL'S INDIANS' NEW WORhD DUE TODAY
Wednesday, October 14: James Merrell, The Indians' New World Discussion Continued

Week 8

Monday, October 19: Mid-Term Examination
Wednesday, October 21: Indians and the English

Week 9

Monday, October 26: Topic: Axtell, The Indian Peoples,
Wednesday, October 28: Anthony F.C. Wallace, Death and Rebirth of the Seneca, 3-107

Week 10

Monday, November 2: WALLACE'S DEATH AND REBIRTH OF THE SENECA ESSAY DUE TODAY
Wednesday, November 4: Anthony F.C. Wallace, The Death and Rebirth of the Seneca

Week 11:

Monday, November 9: Bernard W. Sheehan, "The Problem of the Indian in the American Revolution" in Phil Weeks' The American Indian Experience
Wednesday, November 11: Axtell, The Indian Peoples,

Week 12

Monday, November 16: Gerald Dowd, A Spirited Resistance pages x-122.
Wednesday, November 18: DOWD'S A SPIRITED RESISTANCE ESSAY DUE

Week 13

Monday, November 23: Theda Purdue, " The Trail of Tears: Removal of the Southern Indians" in in Phil Weeks' The American Indian Experience
Wednesday, November 25:

Week 14

Monday, December 7: Ella Cara Deloria, Waterlily
Wednesday, December 9: Continue dicussion of Waterlily

DISTRIBUTION OF FINAL ESSAY EXAMINATION
EXAMINATION DUE: 9.A.M., MONDAY DECEMBER 8 IN MY OFFICE, MORRILL HALL 324 OR MY HISTORY DEPARTMENT MAILBOX

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8: FINAL EXAMINATION DUE IN MY OFFICE, MORRILL HALL 324 OR MY HISTORY DEPARTMENT MAILBOX