A Self-Paced Course

The Landing of Henrick Hudson, published by Martin, Johnson & Co., 1857 (Gilder Lehrman Institute)

This course, part of the Gilder Lehrman Self-Paced Course series, guides participants through a broad and deep exploration of American Indian history through a series of case studies, including early encounters; the Lewis and Clark expedition; and persistence in the face of government expansion, removal, and assimilation policies. Historian Colin Calloway, Professor of History and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, guides this broad and deep consideration of the earliest North Americans.

Course Content

This course consists of

  • Six two-hour seminar sessions led by Professor Calloway, which can be watched at your convience
  • Primary source readings, digital resources, and teaching tools that complement Professor Calloway’s lectures
  • A certificate of completion for 15 hours of professional development credit


The optional readings for each seminar session are listed on the “Resources” tab on the course page.

  • Please note: Participants are not required to read or purchase any print materials. Quizzes are based on the content of the seminar recordings rather than the readings.



Course Access

  • After your purchase, you may access your course by signing in and visiting the “Community” tab at the top of the Gilder Lehrman Institute homepage.


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Lead Scholar

Colin Calloway

Colin Calloway is John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. He received his PhD from the University of Leeds in England in 1978. After moving to the United States, he taught high school in Springfield, Vermont, served for two years as associate director and editor of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and taught for seven years at the University of Wyoming. He has taught at Dartmouth since 1990, when he first came as a visiting professor. He became a permanent member of the faculty in 1995.