Review: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Title: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

Author: Roxanne Dubar-Ortiz

Narrator: Laural Merlington

Series: ReVisioning American History #3

Genre: Nonfiction, History

Length: 10h 18m

5 stars - I loved it!
5 stars – I loved it!

In this book, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples discussing how for centuries the Native Americans actively resisted the expansions of the United States. This book spans more than 400 years of history and discusses what many history books overlook, whitewashes, and outright lies about.

This book was not an easy one to listen to. It basically rewrites everything that children in the U.S. are taught in history class, because that is a colonized version. The book starts with establishing life pre-colonization with irrigation, farming, healthy trade routes, and fifteen million Native people who lived in harmony. From the very first settler, everything changes for the Natives. Roxanne goes into extensive detail in the death, destruction, and systematic destabilization of the millions of Natives in the U.S. 

Also, Roxanne doesn’t sugar coat the history between the Native Americans and the settlers. She discusses all the blatant racism and the centuries long genocide that has been basically sweep under the rug and forgotten (or at least not taught). 

The more I learn about the history of the United States, the more heartbreaking and depressing it is. We are not a great nation, we are a nation that suppresses, destroys, and takes what it wants and then labels the other side as savages and terrorists. It is extremely heartbreaking to know that the Native Americans are still suffering today and they are still fighting for their basic rights, for the treaties to be upheld, and for their lands to be returned. 

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