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

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Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up history examines the legacy of Indigenous peoples' resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism.

Going beyond the story of America as a country "discovered" by a few brave men in the "New World," Indigenous human rights advocate Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals the roles that settler colonialism and
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Beacon Press
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Aria
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- This is probably the most thorough, & honest history book I have ever come across, aside from the works of Mr. Howard Zinn. I recommend it for all students at an appropriate comprehension level. It's a necessary companion to balance out any more traditional/currently-taught/Euro-centric history studies. If one is in the States, then as far as I'm concerned this should be considered de rigueur. It will definitely provide food ...more
MCZ Reads
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-winners
4.5 stars, rounded up.

I am not an educator, but I come from a family of teachers and I will be recommending this book to all of them. This book tackles a difficult, mammoth subject and makes it accessible to middle grade readers (there are references such as "when you were in elementary school," and some of the activities might be too juvenile for high school students, but I'll leave that to educators to decide).

My copy is an ARC, so there are some typos and text errors that should be fixed in
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Stephanie
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this book will not be an exhaustive history of Indigenous peoples in America, it is an excellent overview and springboard for learning that helps to put different aspects of history into a coherent narrative. And what is it that enables the authors to have a coherent narrative? It is the beliefs, values, and perspectives that arise out of manifest destiny, the doctrine of discovery and white supremacist world views. The authors articulate the origins and functions of these beliefs in a ...more
Sarah
This is a necessary read for all. I've learned so much and it's inspired me to learn more. Thought-provoking and belief-unraveling. Learning this history can help us all become informed, empathetic, and drivers of change. Great text for teachers, librarians, and anyone else who educates young people (the questions and sidebars here are built for discussion in the classroom). Highly recommended!
Tracey
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, 2019
nonfiction/history (indigenous/native American perspectives)
As I expected, there was much I didn't know about American history (that really should be included in our textbooks). This was pretty comprehensive--sometimes a bit overwhelmingly so--and unfortunately, it frequently read like a dry textbook. I could only manage about a chapter a day, but it's still worthwhile--an important resource for information that we just don't get in very many places, though I don't think it's necessarily great
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Mary
I highly recommend this account of United States history because it's told from the perspective of peoples who often are erased from our national stories. It's also well-written and engaging, with sidebars that invite young readers to think critically and take action for social justice.

This book dismantles the notion that North America was an uninhabited wilderness when European colonizers arrived in what is now the United States. Descriptions of complex pre-Columbian civilizations are followed
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Shauna Yusko
Obviously you need to add this to your US History resources if you're in middle school/high school. I'm glad to see that a note about Hawaiian history was included!
Traevynn
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People" was not an easy book for me to complete. Reading this book brought up such strong emotions; the primary one being rage followed by disgust, sorrow, guilt, and helplessness. This unvarnished history needs to be taught in our schools so more young people don't grow up in ignorance of what was done. The depth of deliberate genocide by governments on the native people of this land is absolutely repulsive.

Although difficult for
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Rich in Color
Review copy: purchased

United States history has been taught and told from the dominant cultural perspective since its founding. In this book readers are given the opportunity to see this history from an Indigenous view. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz shared this history in the original book several years ago and now Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza have created a version for young people and educators. These are many facts and stories that have been left out or glossed over in typical history books and
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Beth
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was grim, but I knew that from the title. I liked how it challenged assumptions and discussed the way that history is framed as a means of approaching it, and then clarified the assumptions of Indigenous people and worked from there, so that Europeans invaded the lands of Indian Nations, and then ruthlessly ethnically cleaned them through violence and other genocidal techniques.

I was expecting more of a history of what Native Americans were up to, but it's a history from that
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Shelley
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth, history, 2019, buy-this
I'm not sure what to say to this except that it's brilliant and should be a textbook in middle school.

I really want to learn more about the town and governments that indigenous nations had pre-invasion. Growing up with my stereotyped historical fiction, I had always seen scalping as something Native Americans did, but either they picked it up from Europeans or it went both ways--only Europeans got paid by their government to do it. Terrifying. I spent most of my time really leaning deep into
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Heather
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a survey of the history of Indigenous Peoples' in the US. In order to have the scope that it does in both time and places, it doesn't delve into extensive detail but rather gives more of a summary of events. While I would have loved to have had more detail, it is quite useful as a starting point. I now have a base of knowledge that I can use as a starting point to find out more. This book seems to be at a good level for middle and high school readers. I've had the adult version on my ...more
Emily Pickell
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-best
This book should be recommended/required reading in all US History classes. It brings an indigenous perspective which is many times overlooked and not considered. Mentioning indigenous peoples in textbooks is not enough. I thought the boxes of information throughout the book did a good job of highlighting important information and gives the reader activities to do. I liked the "For further reading" section at the end. The authors realize the limitations of their book and point to other great ...more
Mrs. Krajewski
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What an important read! There was so much Native history that I did not know, mainly because my American History textbook twisted truths, or just left a lot out. It’s clear that our “country that sees itself as exceptional did not behave in exceptional ways” (227). Through it all, Native people persisted, protecting their communities in any way they could. I plan to use this book in my classroom, and I will also continue to learn more about issues that Native people still face today.
Nechamah Goldfarb
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although excellent in many ways, there is a non-factual bias in at least a few places. I would recommend students to read it, but then guide them into examining the premises to make sure their conclusions are accurate and informed.
Mike
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An essential reading and correction of the historical record of the origins of the United States and the ways in which the nation is founded on the blood and stolen land of the Indigenous peoples who lived here before the Europeans came.
Lorie Barber
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. For everyone seeking an informed understanding of Indigenous People and their constant overcoming of oppressions and racism at the hands of Europeans & Americans. Beautifully adapted for the classroom so kids can use it as a research resource.
Ami Pendley
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be required reading in every US history class.
Ashley Adams
The history of the United States written for young people and told from an indigenous perspective. Informative and engaging. A great addition to the classroom.
Stephanie
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: november, 2019
Essential reading for *all* people.
Eti
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely essential addition to every collection - school library, classroom, public library, & curriculum.
Leah Pileggi
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please, everyone, read this book.
Allison Sirovy
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book taught me so much!
Lindsey
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2019
A very fast read and wonderfully accessible for young people. History of America from the perspective of Native Americans
Valleri
This is an essential companion to any American history lesson.
Kris Patrick
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I still have a lot of unlearning to do.
Jonathan
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A hard but necessary primer on the history of native peoples in the United States. Great resource for practicing and aspiring educators.
Karma
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very informative. I only wish it had been written at a lower lexile. This will be too difficult for many middle school students.
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