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An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States by Kyle T. Mays
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An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States by Kyle T. Mays
Nov 16, 2021 | ISBN 9780807011683

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“Nuanced and illuminating, this book is a worthy addition to a remarkable series.”

“Only twenty years ago, Kyle Mays’s voice wouldn’t even have passed through academia’s and media’s gatekeepers. The fact that a voice like this can be heard today and tell his own story is unexpected great news for America . . . and it’s just the beginning.”
—Raoul Peck, director of I Am Not Your Negro and Exterminate All the Brutes

“Framed as an answer to questions in Mays’s life as well as his scholarship, this is a startlingly ambitious and deeply engaging study. Refusing to separate two sprawling, interconnected stories but respecting the integrity of each, Mays changes also the whole story of US whiteness as a system of thought and power. A perfect book to be read in classes or given to friends who want to understand the mess we are in and the resources of those who resist.”
—David Roediger, author of How Race Survived US History

“This is a bold and original narrative that is required reading to comprehend the deep historical relationship between the Indigenous peoples who were transported from Africa into chattel slavery and the Indigenous peoples who were displaced by European settler colonialism to profit from the land and resources, two parallel realities in search of self-determination and justice.”
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

“A bold, innovative, and astute analysis of how Blackness and Indigeneity have been forged as distinct yet overlapping social locations through the needs of capital, the logic of the nation-state, and the aims of US empire. While we know that slavery and settler colonialism are intricately linked, Kyle Mays uniquely demonstrates that the afterlives of these two institutions are also linked. They provide the land, bodies, and capital for ‘newer’ systems of bondage to flourish, such as mass incarceration. You will never think of the peoples’ history the same way after reading An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States.”
—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

“Dr. Mays brilliantly makes accessible the knowledge of how Native, Black, and Afro-Indigenous communities, under the oppressive projects of settler colonialism and white supremacy, have navigated points of tension and harm, while simultaneously revealing instances when we’ve resisted by way of solidarity and allyship. Ultimately, he reminds us that both the ‘Indian problem’ and the ‘Negro problem’ are, in fact, a white supremacist problem.”
—Melanin Mvskoke, Afro-Indigenous (Mvskoke Creek) activist

Table Of Contents

Author’s Note

Afro-Indigenous History

Indigenous Africans and Native Americans in Prerevolutionary America

Antiblackness, Settler Colonialism, and the US Democratic Project

Enslavement, Dispossession, Resistance

Black and Indigenous (Inter)Nationalisms During the Progressive Era

Black Americans and Native Americans in the Civil Rights Imagination

Black Power and Red Power, Freedom and Sovereignty

Black and Indigenous Popular Cultures in the Public Sphere

The Matter of Black and Indigenous Lives, Policing, and Justice

The Possibilities for Afro-Indigenous Futures

Sovereignty and Citizenship: The Case of the Five Tribes and the Freedmen

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