History | Natives and Newcomers in Early America
J300 | 16910 | Snyder


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class COLL intensive writing section
Above class open to undergraduates only

Diverse peoples from three continents—Africa, Europe, and North
America—converged in colonial America. The exchanges of foods,
technologies, diseases, peoples and ideas that followed had dramatic
consequences for global history. This intensive writing seminar uses
a focused study of primary source documents surrounding those early
encounters.

Source materials for this course include DuVal and DuVal,
Interpreting a Continent: Voices from Colonial America (Roman and
Littlefield, 2009), a collection of primary source materials from
across the continent—all of which have been translated into English—
as well as digitized materials from IU’s own Ohio Valley-Great Lakes
Ethnohistory Archive: The Miami Collection
(http://www.gbl.indiana.edu/ethnohistory/archives/menu.html), which
includes documents relating to the Miami Indians from the 1600s-
1700s. In addition to documents, we will also study oral traditions,
art, and other forms of material culture.

This course aims to improve students’ understanding of Native
America, early America, and the history of colonialism. We will
learn about how historians write history and how they attempt to
recover perspectives from those who left no written records of their
own. Most broadly, this course seeks to improve students’ skills in
critical reading, writing, and thinking.