Back in the 1950s, when the Eisenhower administration adopted a policy to dissolve Indian reservations to force the assimilation of native peoples into larger white society, Indians disappeared from high-school and college American-history texts. New Left history of the 1960s restored native peoples to the standard narrative. Still, in American survey courses, Indians typically make stage appearances at expected moments, their historical agency never fully realized in all its nuances.
UF history professor Juliana Barr offers a corrective with a new book, of which she is coeditor and essay contributor. The book brandishes a cut-to-the-chase title: Why You can’t Teach United States History without American Indians. Peers are calling it “absolutely essential.” Take a peek below.