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Gone to Croatan: Origins of North American Dropout Culture

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History. Cultural Studies. America was founded as a land of drop-outs, and almost immediately it began to produce its own crop of dissidents - visionaries, utopians, Maroons (escaped slaves), white and black Indians, sailors and buccaneers, tax rebels, angry women, crank reformers, tri-racial isolate communities - all on the lam from Babylon, from control. In this book the ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Autonomedia
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Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A wonderful follow-up to A People's History of the US. This is an ethnography of Americans in the truest sense of the word; Americans as opposed to European colonists, but including their descendents, as well as those of Africans and post-colonial indigenous people.

It is a series of essays and poems from many different perspectives about North American rebels from many different tribes. It is about the striving for autonomy, land, and culture under the physical and psychological cartography of
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May 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who don't think howard zinn goes far enough
Gone to Croatan will remind you that the history of America, from the beginning, has also been a history of resistance, interdependence, and cooperation; full of people who dared to live and love in defiance of maps, boundaries, taboos, custom, religion, and class. From the Calico Indians to the Whiskey Rebellion to land pirates, nomads, labor organizers, and more, the stories in this book can fill even the most cynical reader with a sense of hope and possibility. This is the sort of history tha ...more
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
An interesting if somewhat uneven collection of essays on the "dropout" history of America. The essays are narrowly focused on particular groups or movements (maroons, Ishmaels) and pre-suppose a general historical knowledge of anti-colonial or anti-dominant culture movements. For the later, I'd recommend Linebaugh and Rediker's The Many-Headed Hydra: The Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic..
Interesting look at the Hx of social experiments (either structured or organic) in America. Drop out culture, those that went West to get away rather than to arrive somewhere, pirates.
A reminder that American Hx isn't all about the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, or it's New Imperialism...scratch the surface and you'll be following the trail that leads away from Roanoke.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: grad-school
Interesting archival work but under-theorized. For more comprehensive treatment, see Linebaugh and Rediker's The Many Headed Hydra.
Apr 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anarchists, folks interested in race and early american history
I really enjoyed reading this book a little bit at a time - picking it up and reading a chapter here and another there, and so I really appreciated the non-linear layout of it. I also really loved hearing the stories of all the different kinds of people banning together to resist the encroaching world of laws and restraints and work. I feel like the sort of ethnic/race history talked about in this book is sorely missing from a lot of radicals' critiques.

If you enjoyed hearing about tri-racial tr
Dec 03, 2009 rated it liked it
This was okay. I always loose focus in books that are collected short essays like this. Some of them were good, others were really boring or just plain poorly written. If you want to get a sense of the history of drop outs and resistant cultures in North America this is perhaps worth skimming for the references to more thorough works on those groups/topics.
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
The inertia of nomadic journey and autonomy are very valid feelings for american drop-outs. A practical example of Burroughs sentiment about horribly maimed souls of Nagasaki and Hiroshima returning to endanger national security (as American youth).
Jan 01, 2010 marked it as to-read
Precursors to hippies and drop-out culture in North America. Puritans who left to live among the Native Americans due to the oppressive puritanical culture; Spaniards who left the Conquistadors to live among the Mayans, etc.
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Dec 24, 2007 marked it as to-read
I read one of the essays, about the Ishmaelites. It was so interesting that I want to read the rest of the book.
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An homage to dropout culture in North America.
Sean A.
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: revolution
very impressive collection. jubilant, entertaining, slyly heroic, yet not inaccurate about the defeats but still slyly optimistic...
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