Ethnohistory

ethnic studies

ethnic studies, in American education, programs offering courses in the history and culture of minority groups. Ethnic studies arose as a result of the black protest movement of the 1960s, which, among other things, deplored the lack of cultural relevance for African Americans in the curricula of the U.S. educational establishment. The contention was seconded by other non-European ethnic minorities. In the late 1960s, black history, literature, and interdisciplinary humanities courses were instituted at some universities to promote understanding of cultural heritage, analysis of political problems and solutions, and encouragement of artistic endeavors. To a lesser extent, other minorities, especially Chicanos (Mexican Americans) and other Hispanic Americans, have obtained similar course offerings.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Ethnohistory: Selected full-text books and articles

An Ethnohistorical Dictionary of the Russian and Soviet Empires By James S. Olson; Lee Brigance Pappas; Nicholas C. J. Pappas Greenwood Press, 1994
Archaeology and Ethnohistory of the Omaha Indians: The Big Village Site By John M. O'Shea; John Ludwickson University of Nebraska Press, 1992
Warpaths: Invasions of North America By Ian K. Steele Oxford University Press, 1994
The Classic Southwest: Readings in Archaeology, Ethnohistory, and Ethnology By Basil C. Hedrick; J. Charles Kelley; Carroll L. Riley Southern Illinois University Press, 1973
Continuities in Highland Maya Social Organization: Ethnohistory in Sacapulas, Guatemala By Robert M. Hill; John Monaghan University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987
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