An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press/ReVisioning American History, Boston, 2014) Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA In a short, thorough survey of U.S. history from settlement and conquest to current crises, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz pulls on the thread that unravels the tapestry of lies in most US "histories," whether academic, popular, or progressive. She views that history from the perspective of the indigenous peoples whose land was taken by, and whose resistance impeded and impedes, the "glorious, manifest destiny" and self-aggrandizing "exceptionalism" of the US empire-state. In her recent [...]