The Destruction of North America's Indigenous Peoples

Dates:April 26 - May 17, 2021
Meets:M from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 4 sessions
Hours:8.00
Location:Online Zoom
Instructor:Carroll Kakel
Fee: $140.00

Mon., Apr. 26-May 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. EST

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Course Description

Until quite recently, the systematic destruction of the North American continent's Indigenous peoples has too often been hidden or ignored, forgotten or even outright denied in the traditional master narratives of United States and Canadian history, respectively. Informed by a new wave of scholarship, this course will examine the same themes - conquest, dispossession, depopulation, and repopulation -in the relevant time periods, focusing mostly (but not exclusively) on the geography that became the white settler state we call 'The United States of America'. It will also touch on how the brutal colonization of North America's Indigenous Peoples became a source of inspiration, legitimization, and model for a number of late-nineteenth and early twentieth century imperial projects, as part of the globalization of American frontier history. Along the way, we will discover that the North American West was a process (not a place), an extremely violent and successful colonization process which invited repetition. And finally, we will explore the traumatic impact of past and ongoing American settler colonialism on today's Indigenous communities.