Most historians write Indian history from a Euro-American perspective. Two great historians illustrate the problem. Francis Parkman wrote the story of the Euro-Americans' victory over the Indians. Bernard Bailyn describes the social process of settlement neutrally, but ignores the Indians. So long as scholars define the American past in this way, Indian history has no significance on its own terms. If they focus only on "intersections" of Europeans and native "obstacles," Indians are merely symbols. The many problems fall into three categories: structural, methodological, and conceptual.
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- Social Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science