|Publisher:||Atheneum Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
William Loren Katz is the author of forty books, including such award-winning titles as Breaking the Chains: African American Slave Resistance, The Black West, and Black Women of the Old West. He has lectured in Europe, Africa, and the United States; he has been a Scholar in Residence at Teachers College, Columbia University; and he has served as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institute and to school systems from California to Florida and England. He lives in New York City. Visit him at WilliamLKatz.com.
Table of Contents
|1||If You Know I Have a History||9|
|2||They Fled Amongst the Indians||20|
|3||Between the Races We Cannot Dig too Deep a Gulf||33|
|4||The Finest Looking People I Have Ever Seen||49|
|5||We Are All Living As in One House||63|
|6||That You Know Who We Are||76|
|7||He was Our Go-Between||89|
|8||Their Mixing is to be Prevented||100|
|9||Like the Indians Themselves||114|
|10||Blood so Largely Mingled||126|
|11||The Finest Specimens of Mankind||141|
|12||No Bars can Hold Cherokee Bill||154|
|13||The Greatest Sweat and Dirt Cowboy that Ever Lived||169|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is listed as grade 6 and up, but seems to be most appropriate for high school. It is organized by topics relating to the history of black Indians over a range of time, and does not stick to a chronological order. Sometimes these topics are very specific and examine a particular group or individual, while other times they are a broad discussion of a historical issue, with specific examples included. The writing of this book is sometimes strong, but too often weak. I found the sensationalized tone in the introduction and first few chapters very distracting. Katz finds numerous ways to make the same claim that blacks and Indians were actively seeking freedom, while Europeans were professing it yet squelching it. As the book goes on this tone weakens and the author allows the history to speak for itself instead of always defending a point. I learned a lot from this book and will use this knowledge to support future lessons that I teach. However, I don't think I would teach this entire book. For one, I think it is too dense. Further, I think the author's writing is often sensational and the language is unjustified. The author does not make efforts to explain the words that he chooses when referring to race, and fluctuates often. Katz is very heavy on the term "dark people" to refer to people who were black, Native American or mixed. If he is to use this term in order to explain that it is how the colonizers viewed both races than he needs to explain that as part of his intentions for the use of the term. There is one chapter in this book that I found exceptional. Chapter 8 is titled "Their Mixing is to be Prevented" and goes into concise but well supported explanation of the history of slavery and the use of racism within that system. While this chapter does not sum up the material of the whole book, it is so well written and informative that I would use it as a main source for students to read, while providing supplemental details as part of a lesson.
I first read this book at least 20 years ago and was thoroughly intrigued with the information that was presented. This information is missing from our history books and William Loren Katz did an excellent job of sharing facts.
MR. Katz in my opinion has taken a step that will bring him much admiration- Anyone who doesn't have a problem with reality would like to know the truth. Documents HA!!!! All you have to do if you really want to know is ask the older generation of blacks and they will tell you that history is not what it has been painted to be, most of these older blacks speak of their grandmothers being slave- Indian and grandfathers being slave-black and most children of this reunion resulted in black children with indian blood and don't forget white children of indian blood because their parents were owned by the slave master and he had his children in the mix also.. At least my family and many others are the result of the mixing and it not a bad thing but history has made us ashamed to be associated with anything or anyone other than the images that are depicted in our history book. IT is already documented Go to a major college bookstore and you WILL see BLACK INDIANS on its shelves and tons of other history books that the average person does not want to have any knowledge of...