The Presence of Native American History

Frederick E. Hoxie

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This chapter discusses how presence rather than neglect dominates Native American history within the Mississippi Valley Historical Association and Organization of American Historians (OAH) from the earliest years. There have been changes, including a sharp decline in the attention paid to frontier topics, an "explosion of interest" in the field at the annual meetings since 1969, and the rise of new themes, including "zones of contact." The story reflects the democratization process in the OAH and suggests that we have been learning to think about Indian people historically and have come to understand that they are not deficient and, therefore, unimportant or irrelevant to the continent's history and do not need to be supervised and taken care of.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History
EditorsRichard S Kirkendall
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199896820
ISBN (Print)9780199790562
StatePublished - Sep 22 2011


  • Democratization
  • Mississippi valley historical association
  • Native american history
  • New themes
  • Organization of american historians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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