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.
"Meticulously documented, this thought-provoking treatise is sure to generate discussion." (Booklist)
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Useful information, not quite listenable
A screed on the evils of "colonialism" - too bad
After two chapters of monotonis, politically correct screed on the evils of colonialism - i quit. Just couldn't take it. Never got to the story I hoped to hear. Monnotone, flat naration. Looked interesting, but you can't judge an (audible) book by its cover.
Primarily disappointment. I was hoping for much more.
Dear Roxanne: The Romans did it to the Jews; the English did it to the Irish; the Turks did it to the Armenians; the Germans did it to the Jews (again!). We are not a nice species! Get some perspective and get over yourself!! In the end, as I understand, the Indians were not really all that nice to each other. Your moralizing screed was boring, repetative and myopic. I'm very aware of the injustice done to the American Indian. And, yes, its a tragedy and a national disgrace. But I hoped to hear some objective history, not a parochial rant.
- Patrick J. Sheehan