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Ch 7: America & the Indian Wars

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Review the lessons in this chapter to study significant Indian wars from American history. The chapter is accessible 24/7, and the lessons can benefit anyone who needs to review Indian wars for history exams, essays, research papers or homework assignments.

America & the Indian Wars - Chapter Summary

This convenient online American history chapter explores several wars that pertained to Native Americans. As you work through these lessons, you'll review important Indian wars, battles, treaties, ceremonies and more. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you solidify your understanding of these historical concepts. If you have any questions about the material, you can use the Ask the Expert feature to get help from our instructors. When you're done, you should be equipped to:

  • Recognize Native American conflicts from the Gilded Age
  • Analyze the Sand Creek Massacre and the Red River War
  • Summarize the Treaty of Fort Laramie from 1868
  • Evaluate the Battle of Little Bighorn's historical significance
  • Describe the Ghost Dance ceremony at Wounded Knee
  • Discuss the Apaches and the end of the Indian wars

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: America & the Indian Wars
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Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age

1. Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age

In the second half of the 19th century, the federal government attempted to control Native American nations. This led to violent conflicts known together as the Indian Wars. Learn about famous battles, and the attempt to 'civilize' tribes through various policies.

Sand Creek & the Red River War: American Indian Wars

2. Sand Creek & the Red River War: American Indian Wars

This lesson will explain the Massacre at Sand Creek and the Red River War. It will highlight the roles of Black Kettle and John Chivington. It will also discuss the treaties of Medicine Lodge and Laramie.

Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868: Summary & Overview

3. Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868: Summary & Overview

After increasing levels of violence between the Sioux and American soldiers, officials from both sides agreed on the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868. This Treaty failed to quell the violence and ultimately contributed to Custer's Last Stand.

Battle of Little Bighorn: Definition, Facts & Summary

4. Battle of Little Bighorn: Definition, Facts & Summary

On June 25, 1876 the United States army suffered one of its greatest and most famous defeats in the Sioux Wars. At Little Bighorn, General George Armstrong Custer and his forces were annihilated by the Sioux chief Sitting Bull and his warriors. In this lesson we examine this battle in more detail.

Ghost Dance at Wounded Knee: Definition & Ceremony

5. Ghost Dance at Wounded Knee: Definition & Ceremony

Native American tribes often gather for large prayer ceremonies with dancing and feasts. In this lesson, we'll talk about the Ghost Dance, which was one of these prayer ceremonies, and its importance in the Wounded Knee Massacre.

The Role of the Apache & the End of the Indian Wars

6. The Role of the Apache & the End of the Indian Wars

The so-called Indian Wars had a huge impact on how the West was developed and how it's been remembered. In this lesson, we'll look at the role of the Apache in this definitive conflict of American history.

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