An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Book - 2014
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A history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples. The author 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 shows how this policy was praised in popular culture, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Spanning more than four hundred years, this bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted the national narrative.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780807057834
Characteristics: xiv, 296 p. ; 24 cm


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Jun 26, 2018

It's not often you get to read history from the vanquished, so from that perspective it is an interesting read. But talk about the pot calling the kettle black,, Native Americans were vanquishing/ conquering/ committing genocide against each other long before the "white man" showed up, in fact they often helped "the white man" wage war upon their traditional enemies. A good book to give another perspective but it is no less propoganda than the traditional story.

The fundamental flaw to this book is the same you'll find everywhere the 'white people are the most evil race in history' argument is propagated.

This flaw is the asymmetrical comparison between whites/europeans/western civilization and anyone else. There is no other racial group that has ever existed with as much prominence, influence, power, and sheer dominance since the birth of the West.

So my challenge to the fans of this book is this: find me a group that is even remotely similar to Europeans in terms of importance and then tally up the number of atrocities they committed and then compare it to Europeans and see who has more. THAT is the evidence needed to justify the "people's history...." scam and other anti-white nonsense.

Of course there is no other group like this so no comparison can be done. This whole argument collapses on per capita analysis. Take any native american group in the U.S before we arrived. None of those groups committed atrocities in India or Africa because they rarely left their own zip code. They murdered men, women, and children but it never was larger than a smallish body count because they didn't have European technology to a.) sail all over the world b.) inflict heavy casualties with technologically advanced weaponry. No, they stayed in their own backyard, killed their enemies viciously and brutally but because they were small time that means so were their atrocities. Is this really nobility? A higher degree of morality? Of course not. They were not as successful as Europeans. People have confused a lack of accomplishment, comparatively speaking, as a demonstration of the the Indian's purposeful expression of their inherent ethno-moral supremacy. This is a misidentification. This is a misrecognition. Everything about your life that is good or better than it would otherwise be comes from Western Civilization and its proponents and participants (europeans). To believe whites are uniquely evil is not intellectual in any way (please prove me wrong). It is a theological argument to say that they are - some sort of Gnostic framework where the world entered into a fallen state when the whites appeared. How did young euros suddenly start sounding like the members of the nation of islam??? well you have this book to thank i guess.

And also yes please understand just to be clear I don't want to re-run colonialism at all. To be against the colonial relationship is the view everyone should hold and Dunbar-Ortiz and anyone else who argues that this was a mistake is 100% correct. The whole thing was a total horrid disaster. Why bother trying to help people who can't help themselves? Just to have them blame you for their failures?

Don't get me wrong life in the modern world today is not going particularly well....the globalists have made life twice as long but also 2x less worth living. And it is only on the post-1945 decline that I say yes please blame whites for the terminal decline of the once great West. But that being true doesn't mean that A PRIORI all whites are demons! Their disproportionate amount of atrocities in the world is a side effect of their disproportionate success. And every work of art, and all technology, science and beauty in the world that you enjoy should also be "blamed" on europeans as well.

Jun 05, 2017

Although it purports to be a history, its more akin to a political diatribe using historical examples (of the 'they beat us, and then they beat us again' school) and expressed in an academic register (ie., using academic diction). She can't even help herself from referring to the Shoah (aka holocaust), and when she does, she makes a laughable blunder by referring to ovens used for killing (they were used for corpse disposal). The last eighty or so pages are obviously polemical: in the preceding parts, her prejudice only came out when she referred to a third generation descendant of a settler as "squatters". Even its moral argument is anti-chronological, for she uses the 1948 genocide convention to evaluate events from the preceding four centuries, rather than war norms (or even political philosophers) from times contemporaneous with those events (and there are lots: Grotius, Vattel, Pufendorf, and many others). Her prejudice becomes most apparent on page 229, where she refers to a 'race to innocence' of...well, everyone who doesn't agree with her and is not wholly indigenous, saying that all people immigrants, children of recent immigrants, and those who are already citizens, all because they have "complicity in structures of domination and oppression". She doesn't bother to explain or justify how going to school, work, raising children, undertaking research, concern for justice, and engaging with the community are examples of complicity in oppression. Living one's life and doing well, and trying to do good is not obviously oppressive; going to school (and getting tertiary education fully paid for), work (getting a benefit of affirmative action for highly desirable public sector jobs), and the rest of life is not obviously being oppressed. The closest she comes to an explanation is that "they have not come to terms with the past". Perhaps one should consider why there is such an eager 'race to blame': its the accusers that bear the burden to make their case, not on everyone else to prove their innocence.

Oct 28, 2016

As a VERY PROUD Lakata/Celtic/Jew I want to read this ASAP. And, yes my background is strange, I know it, & I & the love of my life, bluejay don't care. And, she is a Russian/Romini<sp> Jew who loves me to pieces.....

Just read the Quotes & Ayn Rand is p!$$ed off & rolling in her grave right now & I am sure she has gotten an advance copy of this book from who I lovingly call, Grandpa Mel.....

Btw, like I always say, YMMV.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

An important book. It may not be the most riveting story of indigenous persecution (though it has turned me onto finding some of those works), but it is likely the most complete, relatively concise work on the subject.

Apr 21, 2015

A credible and thorough damning of the traditional American history of "manifest destiny" taught in our schools. I will grant that the book is biased and leaves out atrocities committed by the Indians, of which there were probably quite a few, but that does not outweigh the well documented systemic genocide that was perpetrated against first nation peoples. Unless you are talking about Antarctica any time I see the word settler, I recommend replacing it with invader or conqueror as that seems more appropriate. In trying to come up with evidence to disprove genocide I failed come up with any good argument against it being a fact. What public school teaches Indian languages? There is always mention of our founding fathers, but seldom is the wisdom of first nations peoples held up as valuable or even worthy of being mentioned. There is a sign in the local park that talks of the tribe that used to fish on the shores of the lake. They are not there any more. If there was no genocide then why are they not still there? What remnants there are of Indian culture are a tribute to the spirit of resistance. We can't make things right, but the very least we can do is acknowledge the truth of how we stole this land.

spinely45 Mar 28, 2015

Excellent book about what really happened to the indigenous peoples in the United States. Dunbar-Ortiz does not take the middle like other historians. This is a must read.


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Apr 21, 2015

The defect of the reservation system was apparent. It is socialist Henry George's system and under that there is no enterprise to make your home any better than your neighbors. There is no selfishness, which is at the bottom of civilization. Till this people consent to give up their lands, and divide among their citizen's so each can own the land he cultivates they will not make much progress. "Friend of the Indians" Senator Henry Dawes on the General Allotment Act of 1887 pg 158

Apr 21, 2015

Certainly they are a heartless nation. They have made some of their people servants- yes slaves... The greatest object of their lives seems to be to acquire possessions- to be rich. They desire to possess the whole world. For thirty years they were trying to entice us to sell them our land. Finally they outbreak gave them all and we have been driven away from out beautiful country. pg 136

Apr 21, 2015

The settlers gave a name to the mutilated and bloody corpses they left in the wake of scalp hunts: redskins. pg 65

Apr 21, 2015

We will further guide the inhabitants in the proper way of living. We will offer them our religon, our education, our ways of life in order to help them to achieve our level of civiization and thus raise them and all their white brothers up from their savage and unhappy state. pg 183 from the Proclamation of the Indians of all tribes

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