Beyond Pocahontas: Native Americans in the 19th Century

Historian Fay Yarbrough, Ph.D., offers a nuanced understanding of Native American history with a focus on the dramatic change and upheaval experienced by American Indian nations during the 19th century. 

Portrait of Zitkala-Sa, Native American writer

Native Americans’ diverse experiences have often been neglected in United States history. In their place, we have told and retold a handful of stories such as that of Pocahontas, a young 17th-century woman best remembered for marrying an Englishman, converting to Christianity and being immortalized in a Disney cartoon. Historian Fay Yarbrough, Ph.D., offers a more nuanced understanding of Native American history with a focus on the dramatic change and upheaval experienced by American Indian nations during the 19th century. This course explores the removal of Southeastern tribes to Indian Territory; the American Civil War, in which several Indian nations experienced their own civil wars; American expansion; and the birth of boarding schools, intended to “kill the Indian to save the man.” Examination of primary sources and class discussion complement this lecture course.

Details

Section Instructor Format Schedule start datesort descending
GHUM2116.S18.1 Fay Yarbrough On-campus 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2018

SECTION: GHUM2116.S18.1
INSTRUCTOR: Fay Yarbrough
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 1:30-3 p.m.
START DATE: March 20, 2018

Instructor: Fay Yarbrough

Fay Yarbrough, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Rice University Department of History. She is the author of “Race and the Cherokee Nation: Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century,” and the co-editor with Sandra Slater of “Gender and Sexuality in Indigenous North America, 1400–1850.” Dr. Yarbrough has also published articles in the Journal of Southern History and the Journal of Social History. Currently, she is researching Choctaw Indians and the American Civil War. Dr. Yarbrough received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and her doctorate in American history from Emory University.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: March 20, 2018

End Date: Apr. 24, 2018

Schedule: 1:30-3 p.m.

Length: Six Tuesdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $190

Early Registration: $180 if registering by March 6

Rice Alumni: $171

CEUs: 0.9

+ Indigenous America before the 19th century

+ The Indian West prior to contact

+ The road to removal

+ The Civil War

+ Boarding schools

+ Conflict in the West

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