American Indian History

Townsend, David
Date published: 
April 2009

American Indian History: A Documentary reader, the latest volume in Blackwell's 'Uncovering the Past' series, covers the fifteenth century through the present day. Townsend's volume supports the message that indigenous intellects were equal to European intellects at the moment of conquest, that they suffered a long period of decline for varied reasons, and that in the recent past they have made great strides in asserting themselves once again. With nearly a third of the volume dedicated to the ancient world through the eighteenth centuries, Townsend allows the documents to illuminate the richness of American Indian historical traditions and the strength of the efforts they made when the crisis came. The volume then moves on to extensive coverage of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, completing an integral study of the American Indian experience.