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Synopsis: Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up history told from the perspective of indigenous peoples explodes our national origin myths. An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States brings a painful but necessary reframing of our history to younger readers and teachers looking to better understand the legacy of Indigenous peoples' resistance, resilience, and continued struggle against imperialism. Going beyond the story of America as a country "discovered" by a few brave men in the "New World," indigenous human rights advocate Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals the roles that settler-colonialism and policies of American Indian genocide played in forming our national identity.
About the Author: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz was born September 10, 1938 in San Antonio, Texas and grew up in central Oklahoma. She is a long-time American activist, writer, and historian. In her work An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz condemns the Discovery Doctrine and the settler colonialism that devastated Native American populations in the United States. She compares this form of religious bigotry to the modern-day conquests of Al-Qaeda. She states that with much of the current land within the United States was taken by aggression and oppression. She is Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Hayward. Since retiring from university teaching, she has been lecturing widely and writing.