Native American Studies: Historical Perspectives
When European settlers first arrived in the Americas, they found the continent already inhabited. The cultural differences between the Native Americans and Europeans, as well as their desire to occupy the same land, often led to conflict. Tensions increased over time as Europeans moved westward to establish settlements. The US government, eager for more land, imposed a number of controversial policies on Native Americans, including assimilation, forced removal, and military intervention. This one-semester course examines the persecution of Native Americans and their fight for civil rights and recognition throughout US history.