Few areas of scholarship have changed as rapidly as the field of Native American history. Michael Oberg's eloquent new textbook, drawn from his sure command of a vast literature, distills the most important developments in the field and should find a place in every course focused on the history of America's indigenous peoples.”—Peter C. Mancall
, University of Southern California
“Oberg's work presents a readable narrative history of American Indian nations and their history in what became and is the United States. Written around issues that faced American Indians and following the individual chronologies of specific groups in different regions, it provides a text that communicates the breadth and complexity of American Indian history to students in a way that no other text achieves."
—Carol Higham, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
From the Back Cover
Offering an important variation to existing studies, Native America: A Brief History
places the lives and experiences of native communities at the center of the narrative. Chronologically organized and covering the period of first contact to the present day, Oberg focuses on 11 native communities in all parts of the United States, including the Mohegans, the Cherokee, the Powhatans, the Dakota Sioux, and the Pueblos, whose experiences encapsulate the principal themes and developments in Native American history. He describes the complex relationships they maintained with the colonial powers and, later, the United States and provides readers with an insight into the enormous diversity and varied experiences of Native Americans.
Written in a highly accessible style, Oberg provides an engaging and concise text that remains focused on Indian peoples and emphasizes their importance in the history of the United States.