Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz





Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


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September 10, 1939

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Average rating: 4.10 · 1,570 ratings · 281 reviews · 19 distinct works · Similar authors
An Indigenous Peoples' Hist...

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Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of t...

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Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie

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Blood on the Border: A Memo...

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Roots of Resistance: A Hist...

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Indians Of The Americas: Hu...

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The Great Sioux Nation: Sit...

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The Miskito Indians Of Nica...

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“The history of the United States is a history of settler colonialism—the founding of a state based on the ideology of white supremacy, the widespread practice of African slavery, and a policy of genocide and land theft.”
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

“How then can the US society come to terms with its past? How can it acknowledge responsibility? The late Native historian Jack Forbes always stressed that while living persons are not responsible for what their ancestors did, they are responsible for the society they live in, which is a product of that past. Assuming this responsibility provides a means of survival and liberation. Everyone and everything in the world is affected, for the most part negatively, by US dominance and intervention, often violently through direct military means or through proxies.”
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

“The consequences of this amassing of fortunes were first felt in the catastrophe experienced by small farmers in Europe and England. The peasants became impoverished, dependent workers crowded into city slums. For the first time in human history, the majority of Europeans depended for their livelihood on a small wealthy minority, a phenomenon that capitalist-based colonialism would spread worldwide. The symbol of this new development, indeed its currency, was gold. Gold fever drove colonizing ventures, organized at first in pursuit of the metal in its raw form. Later the pursuit of gold became more sophisticated, with planters and merchants establishing whatever conditions were necessary to hoard as much gold as possible. Thus was born an ideology: the belief in the inherent value of gold despite its relative uselessness in reality. Investors, monarchies, and parliamentarians devised methods to control the processes of wealth accumulation and the power that came with it, but the ideology behind gold fever mobilized settlers to cross the Atlantic to an unknown fate. Subjugating entire societies and civilizations, enslaving whole countries, and slaughtering people village by village did not seem too high a price to pay, nor did it appear inhumane. The systems of colonization were modern and rational, but its ideological basis was madness.”
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

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