History | Survey of American Indians II
A311 | 0393 | Lappas
11:45A-1:00P D BH242
Above section carries culture studies credit.
Above section open to undergraduates only.
This course is designed to introduce students to American Indian
History from the Civil War to the Present. We will begin the semester
by discussing the Plains Wars and the development of reservations and
reservation life. The second half of summer session I will focus on
Native American experiences in the Twentieth Century. We will attempt
to develop answers to the following questions: How did Indians resist
and adapt to the pressures of American Indian Policy? How successful
were American attempts to assimilate Indian people? How did migration
to the cities affect American Indians? How did Indians participate in
the Civil Rights movement? What types of economic, political, and
cultural changes have affected Native Americans since the Civil War?
Books for Purchase:
Black Elk. Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the
Oglala Sioux, as told through John G. Neihardt. Lincoln: University
of Nebraska Press, 1988.
Crow Dog, Mary. Lakota Woman, 1990.
Wilson, Raymond. Ohiyesa, Charles Eastman. Champaign:Univ. of IL Press
There will be a midterm exam and a final in this course. The first
exam will be worth 40% of the student's grade. The final exam will be
worth 60% of the student's grade.
Exams will be 50% essay and 45% identifications. In addition, each
exam will have a map component worth 5%.
The map component will give you an opportunity to familiarize
yourself with some important geologic and geographic features in North
America. I will hand out a map several weeks before the exam with a
list of features for which you will be responsible. The exam will
contain a sample of these features, which you will be required to
identify. 5 points. This section will not be cumulative.
The identification section will include 12 terms, events,
names, or locations that we have discussed in class or have been
mentioned in the readings. You will be expected to identify that
term, provide an accurate time frame for the term, and describe its
significance in the broader context of this course. All terms written
on the board or discussed in the readings for a paragraph or more will
be fair game. You will choose 9 out of the 12. Each one is worth 5
points for a total of 45 points. This section will not be cumulative.
The essay will require you to respond to a broad thematic
question about the major themes we have discussed in the course. An
"A" answer will demonstrate a command of the information presented in
both class lectures and readings but will also show an understanding
of the themes and debates regarding the major issues as well. This
section is worth 50 points and will be cumulative. Therefore, a
final exam question may require you to consider themes from the first
lecture. You will be given two essays; choose one. 50 points.