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Native American History [Kindle Edition]

Judith Nies
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Native American History is a breakthrough reference guide, the first book of its kind to recognize and explore the rich, unfolding experiences of the indigenous American peoples as they evolved against a global backdrop. This fascinating historical narrative, presented in an illuminating and thought-provoking time-line format, sheds light on such events as:
* The construction of pyramids--not only on the banks of the Nile but also on the banks of the Mississippi
* The development of agriculture in both Mesopotamia and Mexico
* The European discovery of a continent already inhabited by some 50 million people
* The Native American influence on the ideas of the European Renaissance
* The unacknowledged advancements in science and medicine created by the civilizations of the new world
* Western Expansion and its impact on Native American land and traditions
* The key contributions Native Americans brought to the Allied victory of World War II
And much more!
This invaluable history takes an important first step toward a true understanding of the depth, breadth, and scope of a long-neglected aspect of our heritage.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up. Intended to place the history of Native North American cultures into the context of world affairs, this book uses a split-page format, listing, side by side, benchmarks in both areas between 28,000 B.C. and late 1996. The juxtapositions point up a few intriguing parallels, such as the presence of pyramids on both sides of the Atlantic, but are in general more effective as a tool for helping students of history to think globally, and as a graphic way to link contemporaneous events on different continents. Nies lists incidents by year, not specifying exact days or months, focusing only on the indigenous cultures of Mexico and the continental U.S. (mentioning Captain Cook, for instance, only in connection with his claims on the Pacific Northwest) and is very selective of "outside" happenings?so much so that the "World History" column is occasionally blank for a page or more. On the other hand, the author's political, social, religious, and military analyses are lucid and specific, and she breaks the limitations of the format for longer boxed essays when necessary. Several maps and plenty of dark but revealing black-and-white photos enhance this eye-opening survey. A good choice for collections needing an economical alternative to A Chronology of Native North American History (Gale, 1994).?John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

This book is a great resource for students and history buffs alike. It stands out from other books of its kind for several reasons:

First, it's a lot more accessible than lengthy historical 'tomes' that take hours to search through just to find a quick fact or piece of information. Because of the chronological way that it's organized and the concise, yet information-packed entries, it's easy to find exactly what you're looking for right off the bat.

Second, this book puts Native American history in context with other key events going on in the world, which gives the reader perspective on how events on both sides of the Atlantic influenced each other.

Lastly, it's totally comprehensive in scope. Whereas many books treat the subject with an ethnocentric approach and only cover events taking place after the Europeans set foot on American soil, this one goes all the way back to the very origins of these indigenous people around 28,000 B.C.--- truly ancient history! And it also covers events right up to modern times, highlighting the issues and concerns faced by today's Native Americans.

-------J. Rendon, Editorial Assistant

Product Details

  • File Size: 6885 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (March 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WBGQ6Y
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great referrence book July 16, 2000
like the title says, it's a great referrence book for those who wish for a brief overview of native history in the present-day united states as well as much of mesoamerica. good starting off point for further investigation. the great thing about the book is that it not only is a chronology of native events (which appear on the right side of a page), it also displays many significant events throughout the world (which appear on the left side of a page) so the reader may gain a greater perspective. also includes short articles thrown in for good measure and to expand a bit on topics such as the iroquois influence on the u.s. constitution, to tenochtitlan (present-day mexico city, site of ancient aztec capital), as well as brief introductions to certain time periods. not a thorough examination, but a nice listing of significant events in native history. recommended nonetheless.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading March 28, 2000
This book should be required reading, at least for any member of the government who has dealings with Native Americans, if not for every American History class in the country. It is a bit dry stylistically, which is all that keeps it from five stars, but it contains an amazing wealth of information that balances out the general viewpoint of American history as it is taught in public schools. It should be considered an invaluable asset in any attempt to present a balanced perspective on our country's history. Ignoring the criminally dishonorable way in which those of European descent have treated the Natives will NOT make it go away, nor even lessen the karmic debt. Only by learning about and acknowledging the truth can we even BEGIN to decide what steps need to be taken now and in the future.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars objective November 11, 2000
By A Customer
Judith Nies presents an excellent overview of both native american and european events as they parallel and eventually coincide with one another. Until reading her book, I was unaware of the extent of the brutality of the hispanic history towards the natives of all the areas of the americas; their responsibility for the genocide of millions of natives through a combination of enslavement, warfare and disease, creating a world where the natives preferred to kill their children and commit suicide rather than to continue to live. This is followed by a second tragedy, the establishment of the african slave trade to replace what they destroyed. Perhaps what is most effective in her writing is the objective and factual presentation of a complete history, free of personal or cultural bias. Recommended reading for anyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book is indispensable for every reader interested in how America got to be that way. In side-by-side columns, the author chronicles the experiences of America's indigenous peoples set against global events. It sheds light on events both little and well known--everything from the construction of a pyramid on the banks of the Mississippi that is second in size only to those of Egypt to the contributions in agriculture that Native Americans gave to European settlers, including corn and tomatoes. It punctures myths like the idea that America was a virgin continent. Extremely well researched and illustrated.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Educational Book on Native Americans May 24, 2000
By A Customer
Many Americans have some Indian Ancestry. We need a book such as this to give us an accurate view of history, and recognize the accomplishments and the tragedies of the Native Americans. Judith Nies did the world a great service by documenting these events in an easy to follow format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chronology of Native American History December 6, 2007
By Trish
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If you want to learn about what was going on in the world of Native American Indians this has a timeline that contrasts world history and Native American History. This book is good but I would have liked more detail in the discriptions of the timeline. Perhaps a reference companion to this book be a helpful asset.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Questionable Accuracy December 7, 2011
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I purchased this book after developing an interest in the Dakota War of 1862. When the book arrived, I naturally went to that section. The text indicates that Little Crow was hanged in Mankato with 37 other Dakota which is false. Indeed, that is not only stated falsely in the general narrative, but also under the photo of Little Crow (one of a dozen or so photos in the book) on page 267. It is well documented in other sources that Little Crow fled to Canada after the Dakota war. Well after the uprising, in 1863, he returned to Minnesota where he engaged in stealing horses. He was mortally shot in a firefight in a farmer's field (Lamson Farm). There, Little Crow and his son were happened upon while foraging for berries.

I don't feel this is nitpicking - Little Crow was a prominent figure and feel the story should have been stated correctly. I admit I have not read the entire book and fact checked the rest, but to find this significant inaccuracy within a minute of opening the book was disappointing.
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I bought this book because it was written by a writer new to me. Recently I read " The Girl I Left Behind". I was so impressed by that book; I Googled the writer.Then, ordered her other books. "Native American History" is set up in a very unusual format, which may prove difficult for readers of novels or historical fiction, or even history.
My family members are lined up behind me, waiting their turns to study this publication.
This Spring I had read "Caleb's Crossing" and was fascinated by the historical references in a work of fiction, especially because only recently some local Native American language from Massachusetts has been translated by a young woman. I live in south central Mass. Within the "Bay Path", a route traversed by several native American groups.This adds another perspective to my interest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Filled with a plethora of information on how these great peoples...
Filled with a plethora of information on how these great peoples contributed, affected and have been a main part of our heritage. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tracy Symonds
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information
I was interested in what happened with the Creeks in 1813. The Creeks killed many men, women and children at Ft. Mimms. This incident was proceeded by Burnt Corn. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Reed Often
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I bought it for a friend. The book arrived in very good condition. Somehow the pages seemed a little darker than the first book I read. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Janette E. Lemme
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
It is great to read about how Native American history connects to world history. This book illustrates the injustices experienced by the Native Americans after European invaders... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hiker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Had to purchase this book. Great facts,and wonderful insight into native american history,Highly recommend reading this book. Love history. MUST READ!!!
Published 21 months ago by eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
I bought this book after skimming it at a friend's home. As an author, an American, and someone fascinated by history, I love this book. Ms. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Charlene Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource!
With a life long interest in the native people of this continent and a deep compassion for the injustices they have suffered, I found this publication to be accurate and... Read more
Published on September 2, 2012 by Fred Ruark
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