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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States Audiobook

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States: Revisioning American History

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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

What the Critics Say

"Meticulously documented, this thought-provoking treatise is sure to generate discussion." (Booklist)

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    endlessemma 08-03-15
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    "Useful information, not quite listenable"

    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.

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    TM 04-09-15
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    "Disturbing"

    This is a story that needs to be told. I had a hard time finishing but glad that I did.

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    julie 03-20-17
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    "I learned so much from beginning to end."

    As a USA citizen, I feel this book is a necessary read. It undoes so much of the false narratives that I was thought in grade school.

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    Jawanza 08-13-15
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    "Good history overview of Native Americans"

    lots of important information, maybe too much crammed in the book and quite angry tone with respect to the atrocities committed against Native Americans.

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    "Significant Historical Work"

    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.

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    Michael 03-02-15
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    "Eye opening!!!!"

    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.

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    "A useful polemic"

    Much like Zinn, Dunbar-Ortiz creates a compelling, in many places fascinating, and undoubtedly passionate narrative that many Americans need to hear. Unfortunately, if you are one of those Americans, you are probably not going to give this book a shot.

    Nevertheless, there were many parts of this book that I found interesting and informative. Perhaps, through pure thoughtlessness, I had not ever really noticed or paid mind to the U.S. military's use of phrases like "Indian Country" or our "Apache" helicopters, something that certainly seems a tad offensive. Also found her arguments linking the tactics of the war on terror to those used against Native American hold-outs particularly thought provoking.

    It is certainly a book that needed to be written; if you are skeptical of American exceptionalism this is probably pretty much par for the course.





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    Scott 04-27-17
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    "An important, well-researched & expansive book"

    Chronicles and interprets the genocidal conflict (settler & Native) forming the foundation of the USA.

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    Amazon Customer Wilmington, DE 01-27-17
    Amazon Customer Wilmington, DE 01-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Read it!"

    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.

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    Nashville Nashville 11-09-16
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    "Must read"

    Should be required reading for all US citizens! Even if you don't agree with the author's conclusions, it is important to consider history from different points of view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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