Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage
Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage
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Annotation: Traces the little-known history of black Indians, including biographies of leaders, Army scouts and soldiers, frontiersmen and explorers, and outlaws.
Catalog Number: #58877
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright Date: 1986
Edition Date: 2012
Pages: xvii, 254 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-442-44637-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-53286-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-442-44637-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-53286-1
Dewey: 970.004
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up Most Americans remain totally unaware of the biological and cultural bonds which were established by African slaves and American Indians. Using a variety of tertiary sources, Katz has attempted to reconstruct a legacy among two peoples who, for a while, provided mutual support and refuge from the unrelenting atrocities inflicted upon them by greedy whites. Although aspects of the separate histories are provided, a stronger emphasis is on black Indians whose swarthy complexion or curly hair was apparentan obvious limitation of definition. Black Indians who are more or less familiar (Crispus Attucks and Paul Cuffee) are identified, as are the unfamiliar Zeferina, a woman commander of a black Indian settlement, and O. S. Fox, editor of the Cherokee Afro-American Advocate . Katz makes it clear that much of this history is extremely well hidden or entirely lost, and numerous references are made to nameless black Indians. Because of the lack of information, too many statements are less than definitive. Another disturbing feature is Katz' practice of quoting without documenting his sources. Although incomplete, this highly readable and sad chronology of a hidden heritage is needed and welcomed. Helen E. Williams, University of Maryland, College Park
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-246) and index.
Word Count: 45,371
Reading Level: 8.8
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.8 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 14804 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:7.9 / points:12.0 / quiz:Q01311
Lexile: 1130L

The compelling account of how two heritages united in their struggle to gain freedom and equality in America—now updated with new content!

The first paths to freedom taken by runaway slaves led to Native American villages. There, black men and women found acceptance and friendship among our country’s original inhabitants. Though they seldom appear in textbooks and movies, the children of Native- and African-American marriages helped shape the early days of the fur trade, added a new dimension to frontier diplomacy, and made a daring contribution to the fight for American liberty.
Since its original publication, William Loren Katz’s Black Indians has remained the definitive work on a long, arduous quest for freedom and equality. This new edition features a new cover and includes updated information about a neglected chapter in American history.

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