Another week, another block days of great events at the City Lights Bookstore. This Wednesday, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: advocate for American Indians, activist, scholar, and author/editor of seven books. She’ll be sharing her newest book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Beacon), the first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.
Our 5 Questions are always the same and our events are free and open to the public.
Event: Wednesday, October 1, 7:00PM, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz discusses her new book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.
About the Book: In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist—designed to crush the original inhabitants. Spanning more than three hundred years, this classic bottom-up history significantly re-frames how we view our past. Told from the viewpoint of the indigenous, it reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the U.S. empire.
About the Author: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a farmer and half-Indian mother. She has been active in the American Indian 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 UCLA, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University and helped found the departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Her 1977 book, The Great Sioux Nation: Sitting in Judgement on America , was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indians in the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. She has author and edited seven books in total.
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