Using a regional approach, Professor James F. Brooks, Director of the School of American Research Press, discusses how his research led him to discover systems of slavery among Native Americans and their Spanish and Mexican neighbors.
Jill Lepore, Professor of Early American History at Harvard University, draws on scholarship from her book, The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity, to trace how the meanings attached to this brutally destructive war have changed as the attitudes about historical actors and the political pressures on those actors have changed.
Daniel Wildcat is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma and Director of the American Indian Studies Program at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. He discusses the importance of distinguishing between the variety of languages, cultures, and habitats among American Indian tribes both in the past and today, and urges teachers to disabuse their students of some of the often-repeated stereotypes about Native peoples that persist in American culture. In this presentation he focuses on the practical awareness of and interaction with the environment among American Indian groups.
Brian DeLay, associate professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses how the backwater of western Europe emerged from the devastation of the fourteenth century to generate the power, wealth, knowledge, institutions, and energy to initiate and develop a worldwide expansion.
In this lecture Elliott West, a professor of history at the University of Arkansas, describes how the introduction of Old World phenomena such as guns, horses, and new diseases affected the Native peoples of the New World.