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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
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Jul 23, 2019 | ISBN 9780807049396

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“An important corrective to conventional narratives of our nation’s history . . . . An accessible, engaging, and necessary addition to school libraries and classrooms. An excellent read, dismantling American mythologies and fostering critical reasoning about history and current events.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“This adaptation of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (2014) should be required reading for all middle and high schoolers—and their teachers . . . . There is much to commend here: the lack of sugar-coating, the debunking of origin stories, the linking between ideology and actions, the well-placed connections between events past and present, the quotes from British colonizers and American presidents that leave no doubt as to their violent intentions . . . . The resistance continues, and this book urges all readers to consider their own roles, whether as bystanders or upstanders.”
Booklist, Starred Review

“Dunbar-Ortiz’s narrative history is clear, and the adapters give readers ample evidence and perspective to help them to engage with the text. A highly informative book for libraries serving high school students.”
School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Gripping, tightly written, and packed with facts traditional textbooks and historical accounts neglect to cover.”
Shelf Awareness

“Wide-ranging and politically engaged . . . a valuable resource.”
The Horn Book

“This is a desperately needed corrective to existing histories for young people, and its combination of breadth and passion will spur both reflection and emotion.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This is the book I wish I’d had when I started teaching. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People represents a fundamental challenge to the textbooks that celebrate ‘liberty,’ ‘freedom,’ and the ‘rise of the American nation’ but fail to recognize the humanity—or often even the existence—of the Indigenous peoples who were here first, and are still here. Our students will see the history of this country much more clearly when we put Indigenous people’s lives at the center.”
—Bill Bigelow, curriculum editor, Rethinking Schools, and codirector, Zinn Education Project

Table Of Contents

A Note to Readers

This Land

Follow the Corn

Culture of Conquest

Cult of the Covenant

Bloody Footprints

The Birth of a Nation

Jefferson, Jackson, and the Pursuit of Indigenous Homelands

Sea to Shining Sea

Indigenous Lands Become “Indian Country”

The Persistence of Sovereignty

Indigenous Action, Indigenous Rights

“Water Is Life”: Indigenous Resistance in the Twenty-First Century

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