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An indigenous peoples' history of the United States / Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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2 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library 970.0049 DUN (Text) 33500012761367 Main Checked out 09/02/2022
Roseau Public Library 970.0049 DUN (Text) 35500005523699 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780807000403
  • ISBN: 080700040X
  • ISBN: 9780807057834
  • ISBN: 0807057835
  • Physical Description: xiv, 296 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2014]

Content descriptions

General Note:
MN American Indian literature.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 240-279) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
This land -- Follow the corn -- Culture of conquest -- Cult of the covenant -- Bloody footprints -- The birth of a nation -- The last of the Mohicans and Andrew Jackson's White Republic -- Sea to shining sea -- "Indian Country" -- US triumphalism and peacetime colonialism -- Ghost dance prophecy : a nation is coming -- The doctrine of discovery -- The future of the United States.
Summary, etc.:
"Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally-recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire. In An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. As the genocidal policy reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, its ruthlessness was best articulated by US Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: "The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them." Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative."--Publisher's description.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2014 September #1
    Dunbar-Ortiz, Native American studies scholar and longtime American Indian Movement member, offers a radical rewrite of traditional U.S. history up to and including the five wars waged since WWII, a history, she explains, based on settler colonialism, or the founding of a state based on the ideology of white supremacy, the widespread practice of African slavery, and a policy of genocide and land theft. As part of the long-­established Columbus myth, colonial settlers saw themselves as part of a worldwide system of colonization, while, simultaneously, land in this country went from being sacred—as it was for the indigenous—to being a commodity to be bought and sold. Dunbar-Ortiz doesn't end her litany of violence against the indigenous as part of this land grab with the Sand Creek Massacre or Wounded Knee, as do some postmodern surveys of U.S. history. Instead, she argues that the same strategies employed with the indigenous peoples on this continent were mirrored abroad in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq in 1991, Afghanistan, and Iraq again in 2003. Meticulously documented, this thought-provoking treatise is sure to generate discussion. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, a New York Times best-selling author, 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.

Subject: Indians of North America > Historiography.
Indians of North America > Colonization.
Indians, Treatment of > United States > History.
United States > Colonization.
United States > Race relations.
United States > Politics and government.
SOCIAL SCIENCE > Ethnic Studies > Native American Studies.
Indians of North America > Colonization.
Indians of North America > Historiography.
Indians, Treatment of.
Politics and government
Race relations.
United States.
Nordamerikas indianer.
Native Americans > Historiography.
Native Americans > Government relations > United States.
Native Americans.
United States > Race relations.
United States > Immigration and emigration.
United States > Politics and government.
Alternative Press Collection.
Genre: History.

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