This unique, day-by-day compilation of important events helps students understand and appreciate five centuries of Native American history.
In 1621, Wampanoag leader Massasoit decided to befriend rather than annihilate the weakened Pilgrims living in his tribe's midst. His choice was a decisive event in Native American history, one that would have profound repercussions. Since Columbus "discovered" the New World in 1492, Native American history has been a tapestry of triumph and tragedy, of events large and small that determined how divergent cultures would coexist on the American continent.
Encompassing more than 500 years, American Indian History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events is a marvelous research tool. Students will learn what occurred on a specific day, read a brief description of events, and find suggested books and websites they can turn to for more information. The guide's unique treatment and chronological arrangement make it easy for students to better understand specific events in Native American history and to trace broad themes across time.
The book covers key occurrences in Native American history from 1492 to the present. It discusses native interactions with European explorers, missionaries and colonists, as well as the shifting Indian policies of the U.S. government since the nation's founding. Contemporary events, such as the opening of Indian casinos, are also covered. In addition to accessing comprehensive information about frequently researched topics in Native American history, students will benefit from discussions of lesser-known subjects and events whose causes and significance are often misunderstood.
• A chronology provides an at-a-glance overview of 500 years of Native American history
• A bibliography that guides students and other researchers to print and online resources for further information
• Covers key events from over 500 years of Native American history
• Addresses both the most frequently researched topics and events in Native American history and lesser-known events
• Allows readers to easily trace events and issues through time
• Encourages cross comparisons of recurring themes across time