Today in the United States, there are more than 500 federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the 15 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. Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly 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. Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.
©2014 Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (P)2014 Tantor
"Meticulously documented, this thought-provoking treatise is sure to generate discussion." (Booklist)
I know some about settler colonialism and the genocidal practices of the U.S. against Native Americans, but I don't know enough. This book would have made an excellent textbook in an introductory Indigenous Studies course - lots of specific information, an authoritative tone, good discussions of methodology. As an audiobook, though, there wasn't enough story to really gain traction. Without characters or even units on specific groups or regions to hang all this new information on, I was left floundering in a sea of genocide and horrors. Probably much like early indigenous communities...
The narrator did not help this much. Every sentence is read with the same urgency and earnestness. All facts are equally weighted. There's no vocal signaling that we have reached the middle or end of any story. I understand that the topic is very serious and important, but I can't really hang onto the topic when there's no variation in the tone.
lots of important information, maybe too much crammed in the book and quite angry tone with respect to the atrocities committed against Native Americans.
This is a book every school should require, and American should read!!! Colonialism does exist!!! Not just in the past, but in the present. And it's scary as hell.
Ms Dunbar-Ortiz provides us with an excellent history in both depth and breadth of work. As promised, this is from the perspective of the indigenous people and thus may be troubling to those of us descended from European ancestors. The history is unfortunately diminished by the author's proclivity to make excessive use of emotive language rather than the descriptive language standard in historical texts. Ultimately, the author strays from historian to advocate. Here, conjecture, assertions and world view is rampant and would have been better found in an epilogue or companion essay. Nonetheless, this book deserves careful reading and is, without question, thought provoking.
This is another part of American history that most of us never learned. I was horrified and shocked, I must admit. This is another history that has been suppressed and denied and all people interested in justice need to learn about it.
I loved reading this book. I'm native and it's refreshing to have the real story of United States told. I think everyone should read this book and come out of this filtered perspective and realize what kind of country you're apart of.
This book contains invaluable knowledge about how we got to where we are now in the United States. Only after we acknowledge this, teach it to our children and start taking accountability for our current society will we be able to move forward towards the lofty goals set in our constitution. Read this, once you know the truths of the atrocities you can't go back.
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