American Indian Histories and Cultures is a major resource containing material from the Newberry Library’s extensive Edward E. Ayer Collection; one of the strongest archival collections on American Indian history int he world. It presents a unique insight into interactions between American Indians and Europeans from their earliest contact, continuing through the turbulence of the American Civil War, the ongoing repercussions of government legislation, right up to the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. The resource explores the consequent political, social and cultural impact on American Indian life against the backdrop of an ever-expanding western frontier through a wealth of rare original documents. 

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