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First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History Paperback – October 31, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0312453732 ISBN-10: 0312453736 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 3rd edition (October 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312453736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312453732
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A remarkable achievement. Colin Calloway illustrates through Native art and words the views, beliefs, policies and lifestyles that characterized a myriad of individual nations and groups. In First Peoples, the Indian peoples' many and rich histories come alive."

-- James E. Sherow, Kansas State University



"First Peoples offers a balanced look at a difficult and complex past and tells the story of Native-U.S. relations with sophistication and subtlety."

-- José Antonio Brandão, Western Michigan University

About the Author

Colin G. Calloway is a professor of history and Samson Occum Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. He served for two years as associate director of and editor at the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library in Chicago and taught for seven years at the University of Wyoming. Professor Calloway has written many books on Native American history, including The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America (2006); One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark (2003); and two books for the Bedford Series in History and Culture: Our Hearts Fell to the Ground: Plains Indians Views of How the West Was Lost (1996), and The World Turned Upside Down: Indian Voices from Early America (1994).

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This text is definitely well written and organized.
otisaurus
It is a textbook but trust me it is a great source and answered all of the questions I had.
guardian to the gate of forever
This is one of the best history books on Native American History I have ever read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By guardian to the gate of forever on May 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have been interested in European Indian relations for almost a year now, and I have read many books on the subject. This book is great in the way that if gives you,
1. a chronicle of the Indians from before Columbus to present.
2. For the most part a non bias account of the events that shaped European and Indian relations. It talks about what the Indians got out of working with the Europeans and motives for converting.
3. A vast amount of illustrations, maps and primary documents about important events.
Instead of looking for another book about Euro-Indian relations just get this one. It is a textbook but trust me it is a great source and answered all of the questions I had.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sara J. Lynch on February 14, 2010
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I took a Native American history class last year and we used this book. I sold it back after the class, but never forgave myself and am buying another copy because there have been several times I have wanted to reference it. This is an excellent, well-organized and I daresay complete historical account of our own indigenous people who are so easily pushed aside and forgotten. Also included are documents, treaties and several illustrations to complete the picture. I have not found another book like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Gangreene on February 8, 2013
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I had a history class about the European colonists who made America one semester. The following semester, I had an anthropology course about Native Americans that used this book to tell the same story from the other point of view. Very interesting. If you are at all interested in cultural heritage, sociology, anthropology, colonial America, or Native Americans, then you NEED to read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By otisaurus on February 6, 2011
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I'm taking a Native American History and Culture survey course as part of my general education requirements for my degree. This text is definitely well written and organized. I am a science major so am used to reading science texts. "First Peoples" is definitely easy and enjoyable reading compared to science texts; I wont be selling this textbook after the course ends. And of course, with my Prime membership, the book arrived just in time for class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meg on December 12, 2010
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This is one of the best history textbooks I have ever read, and trust me, I've read the entire thing. As a history minor, I needed a couple more American history classes and so I decided that since I did not know a lot about Native American history, it would be an interesting class to take. Calloway's book is extremely informative and interesting. The book is laid out in a direct manner and includes pictures and selections from documents and essays along with the regular text. In my class, we had two textbooks, three books from the native perspective, and two books discussing Native American leaders and this one was the best. I think that although it is a bit big (or maybe it just was for me since I had to read so many other books as well) it keeps your interest from the first page to the last. I would definitely recommend this to history teachers and to anyone who wishes to gain insight into the world of Native Americans.
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