Book History's shadow : Native Americans and historical consciousness in the nineteenth century / Steven Conn.
Publication year: 2006, c2004
Call Number E77 .C75 2004
Media class: Book
Edition: Paperback ed.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226114953 9780226114958 0226114945 9780226114941
Extent: xii, 276 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
"This book traces the struggle of Americans trying to understand the people who originally occupied the continent they now claimed as their own. The question of the Indian, Steven Conn argues, compelled Americans to define new fields of study, such as archeology, ethnology, and linguistics. Even more important, the presence of Native American culture forced Americans to confront the meaning of history itself; how it should be studied, what drove its processes, and where it might ultimately lead. The encounter with Native Americans, Conn argues, changed the very way Americans conceived of their own history" -- Publisher's description.
Native Americans and the problem of history, part 1 -- Images of history : Indians in American art -- Fade to silence : Indians and the study of language -- The past is underground : archeology and the search for Indian history -- The art and science of describing and classifying : the triumph of anthropology -- Native Americans and the problem of history, part 2.