An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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ISBN-13: 9780807057834
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Series: ReVisioning American History Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 22,169
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After receiving her PhD in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. Dunbar-Ortiz is the author or editor of seven other books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico. She lives in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note

Introduction: This Land

One: Follow the Corn

Two: Culture of Conquest

Three: Cult of the Covenant

Four: Bloody Footprints

Five: Birth of a Nation

Six: The Last of the Mohicans and Andrew Jackson’s White Republic

Seven: Sea to Shining Sea

Eight: “Indian Country”

Nine: US Triumphalism and Peacetime Colonialism

Ten: Ghost Dance Prophesy: A Nation is Coming

Eleven: The Doctrine of Discovery

Conclusion: The Future of the United States


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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Bellinghamstar More than 1 year ago
In examining the formation of the country, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, sheds strained euphemisms such as "expansionism" and "manifest destiny" and calls the deliberate conquest and destruction of the native peoples across the continent exactly what it was, genocide. Supported by an impressive array of indigenous and non-indigenous writers and historians, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz traces the coalescence of what would eventually be the United States to its undeniable source, "settler-colonialism." Methodically, the case is made that, from the beginning, killing native inhabitants or driving them out from their ancestral homes and replacing them with settlers was the primary method utilized by European invaders. Dunbar-Ortiz argues that the violent, systematic and unceasing dispossession of the indigenous peoples of North America was at its core driven by the insatiable greed for land. This book brings much needed balance the one-sided and triumphalist nationalistic myths that have prevailed for far too long in discussing the origins of the United States. Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz tells us clearly that the so-called winners of history don't always write the whole story and that the history that should and will endure is the truth. An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States is an essential source of information to any serious student of history.
KhalidM More than 1 year ago
One the most insightful books on American history, and one that does not ignore the beginning of it. The legacy of settler colonialism can still be felt today; this book provides the lens to see through imperialist myth and nationalist discourse. Rich, critical, and an essential reading. I highly recommend this book.
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