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Ignored for generations, American Indian history has recently become among the most dynamic fields of historical inquiry. As scholars now recognize, Indian peoples have fundamentally shaped and defined the modern world. From the founding of the first European settlements in North America to continuing debates over the meanings of American democracy, Indian history remains integral to understanding of US history and culture. This course introduces this complex and often ignored field of study.
• Twelve seminar sessions led by Professor Ned Blackhawk
• Primary source readings that supplement Professor Blackhawk's lectures
• A certificate of completion for 15 hours of professional development credit
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Ned Blackhawk (Western Shoshone) is a professor of history and American studies at Yale and was on the faculty from 1999 to 2009 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A graduate of McGill University, he holds graduate degrees in history from UCLA and the University of Washington and is the author of Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West (Harvard, 2006), a study of the American Great Basin that garnered half a dozen professional prizes, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize from the Organization of American Historians.
In addition to serving in professional associations and on the editorial boards of American Quarterly and Ethnohistory, Professor Blackhawk has led the establishment of two fellowships, one for American Indian students to attend the Western History Association’s annual conference, the other for doctoral students working on American Indian studies dissertations at Yale named after Henry Roe Cloud (Winnebago, Class of 1910).