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

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Annotation: Examines the legacy of Indigenous peoples' resistance, resilience, and fight against imperialism in the United States, revealing the roles that colonialism and American policies played in forming a national identity.
Genre: World history
Catalog Number: #194251
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Beacon
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: ix, 268 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8070-4939-5 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-6057-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8070-4939-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-6057-7
Dewey: 970.004
LCCN: 2019004266
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A young readers' adaptation of the groundbreaking 2014 work, An Indigenous Peoples' History of th
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A young readers' adaptation of the groundbreaking 2014 work, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, offering an important corrective to conventional narratives of our nation's history.Questioning the ideologies behind the belief systems that gave birth to America's dominant origin stories, this book not only challenges the standard tale of European explorers "discovering" America, it provides an Indigenous perspective on key events. The book urges students to think critically about private property and extractive industries, land conservation and environmental rights, social activism, the definition of what it means to be "civilized," and the role of the media in shaping perceptions. With an eye to the diversity and number of Indigenous nations in America, the volume untangles the many conquerors and victims of the early colonization era and beyond. From the arrival of the first Europeans through to the 21st century, the work tackles subjects as diverse as the Dakota 38, the Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee, the American Indian Movement's takeover of Alcatraz, and the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance. A deeply felt connection to the Earth's health permeates the text, along with the strength and resiliency that have kept Indigenous cultures alive. Maps, photographs, informative sidebars, points for discussion, and a recommended book list round out this accessible, engaging, and necessary addition to school libraries and classrooms.An excellent read, dismantling American mythologies and fostering critical reasoning about history and current events. (further reading, recommended titles, notes, image credits, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* This adaptation of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (2014) should be required reading for all middle and high schoolers d their teachers. Dunbar-Ortiz's scrutinous accounts of Indigenous histories are well-known among history buffs, and in this revision by Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, the same level of detail is maintained while still accommodating a teenage audience. From start to finish, they tell a story of resistance to the strategically brutal removal of Native peoples from sea to shining sea, a result of settler colonial policies. There is much to commend here: the lack of sugar-coating, the debunking of origin stories, the linking between ideology and actions, the well-placed connections among events past and present, the quotes from British colonizers and American presidents that leave no doubt as to their violent intentions. Built-in prompts call upon readers to reflect and think critically about their own prior knowledge. Terms like "settler" and "civilization" are called into question. Text is broken up by maps, photographs, images by Native artists, propaganda, and primary-source texts that provide more evidence of the depth to which the US economy was d still is oted in the destruction of Indigenous lives. The resistance continues, and this book urges all readers to consider their own roles, whether as bystanders or upstanders.
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-241) and index.
Word Count: 48,764
Reading Level: 9.6
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 9.6 / points: 10.0 / quiz: 510111 / grade: Upper Grades

2020 American Indian Youth Literature Young Adult Honor Book

2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People,selected by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council

2019 Best-Of Lists: Best YA Nonfiction of 2019 (Kirkus Reviews) · Best Nonfiction of 2019 (School Library Journal) · Best Books for Teens (New York Public Library) · Best Informational Books for Older Readers (Chicago Public Library)
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 policies of American Indian genocide played in forming our national identity.

The original academic text is fully adapted by renowned curriculum experts Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, for middle-grade and young adult readers to include discussion topics, archival images, original maps, recommendations for further reading, and other materials to encourage students, teachers, and general readers to think critically about their own place in history.

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