An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Call Number: Essential Read -
Publication Date: Boston: Beacon Press, 2015
The centuries-long genocidal program of the U.S.against indigineous people has usually been omitted from history texts. Now, for the first time, acclaimed 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. Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes U.S.history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez
Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates in his myth-shattering book The Other Slavery, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. There was no abolitionist movement to protect the tens of thousands of Natives who were kidnapped and enslaved by the conquistadors. Reséndez builds the incisive case that it was mass slavery--more than epidemics--that decimated Indian populations across North America. Through riveting new evidence, including testimonies of courageous priests, rapacious merchants, and Indian captives, this book reveals a key missing piece of American history. For over two centuries we have fought over, abolished, and tried to come to grips with African American slavery. It is time for the West to confront an entirely separate, equally devastating enslavement we have long failed truly to see.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
Call Number: Essential Read
Publication Date: New York: Holt, Reinhart & Winston, 1971
Documents and personal narratives record the experiences of the American Indian during the 19th-century.
All the Real Indians Died Off by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Publication Date: Boston: Beacon Press, 2016
Unpacks the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about Native Americans In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. Tracing how these ideas evolved, and drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as: "Columbus Discovered America" "Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims" "Indians Were Savage and Warlike" "Most Indians Are on Government Welfare" "Indian Casinos Make Them All Rich" "Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol". Each chapter shows how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of a settler state aimed at acquiring Indigenous land and tied to narratives of erasure and disappearance.