New Fall Course on U.S. Indigenous History GS HIST 5240 3.0
Professor Boyd Cothran
The course will be held on Tuesdays 8:30am-11:30am
Modern U.S. Indigenous history is far more than just the history of the loss of lands or the suppression of culture and language. Indeed, Indigenous peoples in the United States share fascinating stories of cultural survival despite histories of violence and genocide. Theirs is a story of changing ideas about the world and our place it in. It is the story of work, politics, and migration. But it is also a story of turmoil. It is a story of lives cut short and lands loss, of children stolen, of oppression and discrimination. And ultimately, it is a story of survival.
How have Indigenous peoples in the United States navigated the turbulent centuries of American settler colonialism since 1800? And how have they remade themselves into the vibrant and richly diverse peoples that they are in the present? This course explores recent historiographical debates in the field of Modern U.S. Indigenous history. It seeks to situate Indigenous peoples within the broader context of U.S. cultural, social, and political history. Delving deep into a vibrant, exciting, and robust conversation about Indigenous histories of culture, genocide and survival in the United States, this course introduces students to various historical methodologies for working with Indigenous peoples, including the use of ethnohistorical methodologies, Indigenous literatures, oral histories, and individual biographies. We will also discuss the politics of Indigenous history and the ethics of conducting research with Indigenous peoples.