History of American Indians
Exploring Diverse Roots
by Robert R. McCoy and Steven M. Fountain
April 2017, 257pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38682-4
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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Ready to become an authority on Native American history? This book is a great start.

A comprehensive look at the entirety of Native American history, focusing particularly on native peoples within the geographic boundaries of the United States.

The history of American Indians is an integral part of American history overall—a part that is often overlooked. History of American Indians: Exploring Diverse Roots provides a broad chronological overview of Native American history that challenges readers to grapple with the elemental themes of adaptation, continuity, and persistence. The book enables a deeper understanding of the origins and early history of American Indians and presents new scholarship based on the latest research.

Readers will learn a wealth of American Indian history as well as appreciate the key role American Indians played in certain significant stages of American history as a whole. The direct connections between the events in the past and many current hot-button topics—such as race, climate change, water use, and other issues—are clearly identified. The book’s straightforward, chronological presentation makes it a helpful and easy-to-read scholarly work appropriate for advanced high school and undergraduate college students.


  • Provides readers with a synopsis of the most current findings on the prehistory of American Indians
  • Creates a comprehensive narrative of American Indian history
  • Presents extensive coverage of the history of the American West and Pacific Northwest
  • Addresses topics that are often overlooked in other narratives, such as the American Indian's role in the Civil War
  • Covers contemporary American Indian life and culture
Robert R. McCoy is associate professor of history at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. He is the author of Chief Joseph, Yellow Wolf, and the Creation of Nez Perce History in the Pacific Northwest and the coauthor of Forgotten Voices: Death Records of the Yakama 1888–1964.

Steven M. Fountain is clinical assistant professor of history and coordinator of Native American Programs at Washington State University Vancouver. His other work includes the forthcoming Horses of Their Own Making: An Equestrian History of Native North America.


"[This work] serves well the adult readers and college audiences for whom it was intended. . . . [A] solid overview for general readers and college use. . . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended. All public and academic levels/libraries."—Choice, December 1, 2017

"[These ideas] had not been really explored effectively in reference books designed for the high school and undergraduate patrons until the publication of this title. This volume is highly recommended for high school, public, and undergraduate libraries."—ARBA, January 24, 2018
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