Red Man's America: A History of Indians in the United States

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 1971 - History - 395 pages
Red Man's America meets the great need for a comprehensive study of Indian societies from the first Stone Age hunters to the American citizens of today. Beginning with the first migrations of primitive man from Siberia in the Old World to Alaska in the New, probably during the latter part of the Pleistocene glaciations, and his subsequent migration southward and eastward, the author takes up in turn the tribes and cultures of the various regions of North America.

The material Professor Underhill has gathered from the fields of archaeology, ethnology, and history, together with that drawn from her own experience in the United States Indian Service, produces a fascinating narrative. Red Man's America is an important contribution to our heritage of Indian life and lore.

"A work for which both sociologist and historian will be forever grateful. The author has combined a long period of study with actual field work in the service of the Indian to produce a work that gives a brief, but well written and accurate, sketch of the origins, backgrounds, and customs of the various North American tribes. . . . There is no other modern single volume that contains as much information on the subject."—E.R. Vollmar, The Historical Bulletin

"Liveliness in style and illustration, together with perspicacity in content, makes this book a useful introduction to the civilization of the original inhabitants of the land."—Pacific Historical Review
 

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Contents

The Red Man Discovers America
1
America Blooms
13
Civilized Tribes
26
Encirclement
47
They Have Gone
57
A Woodland League of Nations
83
People of the Calumet
110
The NewRich of the Plains
144
Late Arrivals
225
Those Who Had Little To Lose
252
West Coast Medley
270
The Potlatchgivers
292
Protective Uncle
320
Notes
336
Bibliography
351
Index
365

The Peaceful Corngrowers
186

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About the author (1971)

Ruth Murray Underhill was born in Ossining, New York on August 22, 1884. She received a B.A. in English from Vassar College in 1905 and spent a year working as a field agent for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She returned to New York, where she became a social worker with a private agency and did volunteer work with the American Red Cross. During World War I, she served as a relief worker with the Red Cross in Italy. She received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University in 1935. In 1933, she worked as a soil conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She worked for fourteen years in the U.S. Indian Service, the educational arm of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. She lived for years with tribes around the country, particularly the Papagos and the Mohaves of Arizona, and wrote numerous fiction and non- fiction books about their ways of living and thinking. Her books include The Autobiography of a Papago Woman, Papago: Ethnobiology of the Papago Indian, A Papago Calendar Record, First Penthouse Dwellers of America, Singing for Power, Hawk over Whirlpools, Beaverbird: A Story of Indians on the Coast of Washington before the Coming of the Whites, Antelope Singer, and Indians of the Southwest. She was a professor of anthropology at the University of Denver from 1947 to 1952. She died on August 15, 1984 at the age of 99.

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