An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) (MP3 CD)
A terrific text that entirely divests its narrative — the colonialist formation of the US against the nations of Native people — from the points of view enshrined by settlers. Dunbar-Ortiz shows the entire identity formation of settlers, from colonialist to US American, is founded on a set of relations to Native people, always rooted in violence, that intensified from military surveillance to unlimited warfare. This brilliant book sustains a propulsive narrative that centers the perspectives and witnesses of Native communities living against the United States through each epoch.— Matthew Moore
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 U.S. settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Roxanne 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 and in the highest offices of government and the military. 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.