Ch 10: Native Americans in the U.S.

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Utilize this overview of Native Americans in the U.S. to increase your understanding of contemporary issues for Native Americans, the effects of European colonization, and more. The lessons in this chapter can help you feel poised and ready to take an exam or engage in a class discussion.

Native Americans in the U.S. - Chapter Summary

This chapter is a quick and easy way to get up to speed on Native Americans in the U.S. Our expert instructors discuss the federal government's attempt to control Native Americans during the second half of the 19th century. You can also use these lessons to review the legacy of explorers in the Western hemisphere that forever changed the Americas. After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the earliest migration of Native Americans to the New World
  • Explain the effects of European colonization on Native Americans
  • Recall events known as the 'Indian Wars' and attempts to 'civilize' Native American tribes
  • Discuss discrimination against Native Americans and Hispanic Americans in the 1950s
  • Detail current demographics and social issues for Native Americans

Our instructors assist you with quickly grasping these issues and concepts related to Native Americans in the U.S. A brief quiz is available to test your understanding of each lesson, and the quizzes can be printed for use as a convenient study tool. For video lessons, the quizzes link back to specific points in the video, so if you get a question wrong you can review that topic with just one click.

5 Lessons in Chapter 10: Native Americans in the U.S.
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Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

1. Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

Because the first humans and civilizations got their start in Africa and the Middle East, historians and anthropologists have had to figure out how Native Americans got to the Americas. In this lesson we look at the three prevailing theories of the earliest migration to the New World.

Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

2. Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

The earliest explorers in the Western Hemisphere left a legacy that would shape the development of the Americas permanently. No matter what they came looking for, Europeans left behind death, horses, and metal.

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

3. 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.

1950s Discrimination Against Native Americans & Hispanic Americans

4. 1950s Discrimination Against Native Americans & Hispanic Americans

It's important for us to remember that the Civil Rights Movement wasn't just about one minority group but about several such communities. This lesson talks about the challenges faced by Native Americans and Hispanic Americans.

Contemporary Issues for Native Americans

5. Contemporary Issues for Native Americans

What challenges face Native Americans in the United States today? This lesson looks at the issues of concern to Native American tribes in the United States and the demographics of tribes in the lower 48 states, Alaska, and Hawaii.

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