Humanities Seminars Course: Manifest Destiny - Four U.S. Army Generals and the Modern Face of Native America

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, August 28, 2015 - 12:00pm
UA Poetry Center, Rubel Room 1508 E. Helen Street Tucson, AZ 85721

Taught by Director Melissa Tatum, James E. Rogers College of Law 

FRIDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2015

Tuition: $120.00

In the 1800s the newly created United States of America was seized by what was labeled “Manifest Destiny”--a deep-seated drive to expand from coast to coast. This drive encountered several obstacles, ranging from the challenges presented by geography and travel to the fact that large segments of land were already claimed by America’s indigenous people. The impulse toward a unified continent was also derailed by the Civil War and the division between the states. The military played a significant role in conquering the West and, obviously, in the Civil War. This course will explore how the actions of four nineteenth-century generals--Grenville Dodge, Joseph K. Barnes, Richard Henry Pratt, and Ely Parker--would help shape the face of modern Native America.

Required Reading:

No textbooks are required for this class. Readings will be made avaialbe on our password-protected website at by early July.

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