An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

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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."
Publisher: ©2014
Boston :, Beacon Press,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780807000403
Branch Call Number: 970.1 ORT
Characteristics: xiv, 296 pages ;,24 cm.

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Oct 08, 2017

Thought provoking, challenges narratives embedded in the media such as the "Wild West" by demonstrating that by the time European settlers arrived the land had been cultivated and tamed for human settlement for as long as the areas they had left. Also includes an interesting discussion of the history of US military tactics.

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