Daily Life during the Indian Wars
by Clarissa W. Confer
December 2010, 223pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-36454-9
$55, 46€, A79
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From the earliest conflicts along the Eastern seaboard to the climactic Plains Wars of the late 19th century, the clash of arms and cultures between American Indians and Anglo-American settlers has dramatically shaped the lives of both groups. Yet how average American Indian men, women, and children experienced these events has been largely overlooked—until now.

This book takes an in-depth look at every aspect of American Indian life—food, dress, customs, and more—during the almost 300 years of conflict with Anglo-Americans.

From the colonial period to the end of the 19th century, from King Phillip’s war to the Wounded Knee Massacre, fighting between the American Indians and the U.S. government created upheaval in the everyday lives of American Indians, affecting everything from trade and food to marriage, housing, and family life.

The continuous power struggle between distinct cultures created the backdrop for the creation of the United States we know today, as well as the infancy of American foreign policy. Daily Life during the Indian Wars will immerse readers in the true stories of a wide range of American Indian peoples as they fought to preserve everything they had and held dear—their traditions, their lands, and their identities.


  • A complete chronology of military and political events in American Indian history, ranging from colonial times through the 19th century
  • A collection of images, documenting the lives and cultural practices of American Indian warriors and family members
  • A multicultural bibliography of significant materials from the fields of history, ethnography, and anthropology, pointing readers toward additional information
Clarissa W. Confer, PhD, teaches at California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a doctorate in American history. Her published works include The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War and Daily Life in Pre-Columbian Native America.


"An extraordinary compendium that will appeal to lay readers and scholars alike, Daily Life During the Indian Wars is highly recommended especially for Native American studies shelves."—Midwest Book Review, February 1, 2011

Daily Life

What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? How did they raise their children? What did they do for fun? From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, and from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the indispensable hands-on volumes of this award-winning series. A truly interdisciplinary resource, the Daily Life series covers arts; religion; food; literature; language; romance; rites of passage and coming of age; marriage customs; social and government structure; sickness and cures; warfare; sports and games; holidays; festivals; and more. With direct ties to the curriculum and supported by the most current research, these authoritative volumes are organized in an accessible narrative chapter format, and supplemented with photos, maps, and other ready-reference materials, Daily Life volumes are ideal sources for general readers and students of world history, United States history, social studies, anthropology, religion, literature, arts, and more.

Each volume provides:
• An exploration of complex eras in history on a level accessible to students and general readers
• Authoritative coverage stemming from the most current scholarship and recent discoveries
• A focus on social rather than political history in key curricular areas, providing an in-depth understanding of the nuts and bolts of daily life
• Interactive, exciting details such as recipes, sheet music, rules for games, song lyrics, and more
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