An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States: Revisioning American History

  • 10h 19m 59s
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2014

Today in the United States, there are more than 500 federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the 15 million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly 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 as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.

About the Author

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, a New York Times best-selling author, grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After receiving her PhD in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. Dunbar-Ortiz is the author or editor of seven other books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico. She lives in San Francisco.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction: This Land
  • Chapter 1 - Follow the Corn
  • Chapter 2 - Culture of Conquest
  • Chapter 3 - Cult of the Covenant
  • Chapter 4 - Bloody Footprints
  • Chapter 5 - Birth of a Nation
  • Chapter 6 - The Last of the Mohicans and Andrew Jackson’s White Republic
  • Chapter 7 - Sea to Shining Sea
  • Chapter 8 - “Indian Country”
  • Chapter 9 - US Triumphalism and Peacetime Colonialism
  • Chapter 10 - Ghost Dance Prophesy: A Nation is Coming
  • Chapter 11 - The Doctrine of Discovery