An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
This class-savvy peoples’ history explores the silences haunting our national narrative. Like her friend historian Howard Zinn, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a great rememberer and researcher.
This brilliant bottom-up people’s history places settler-colonialism and genocide exactly where they belong: as foundational to the existence of the U.S. Told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and how they actively resisted the attacks upon them. Dunbar-Ortiz writes, “Survival is dynamic, not passive. Surviving genocide, by whatever means, is resistance: non-Indians must know this in order to more accurately understand the history of the U.S.”
Robin D. G. Kelley says, “This may well be the most important U.S. history book you will read in your lifetime.”
Winner of the American Book Award.
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the U.S. was a key part of Raoul Peck’s landmark documentary Exterminate All the Brutes. The New York Times says, “Many of the film’s most powerful scenes derive from Dunbar-Ortiz’s text.”
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the indigenous movement for many years and is known for her commitment to social justice issues. She is the recipient of the Cultural Freedom Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Lannan Foundation. Her An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States was honored with the American Book Award. She is also the author of All the Real Indians Died Off, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment and Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy and a History of Erasure & Exclusion.