Books and reading on the real history of Thanksgiving and on a nation built on land stolen & the genocide of the Native Americans

from Revolution newspaper
U.S. Supremacy: "A Blessing for the Earth" .... or "A Nightmare Seemingly Without End"?

In a recent column, New York Times pundit David Brooks called for Americans to be "unapologetic" about "preserving American pre-eminence." And to "preserve America's standing in the world on the grounds that this supremacy is a gift to our children and a blessing for the earth."

In this time of "thanksgiving"—in a nation built on land stolen through the genocide of the Native Americans and in large part on a foundation of slavery—let us take an honest look at America's "gift" to the world: (read article here)

And here are just a few of the books available at our bookstore on the history of Native people in the Americas.

Columbus: His Enterprise - Exploding the Myth by Hans Koning -- Most of us have been taught to think of Christopher Columbus as a single-minded, courageous visionary whose navigational skills led him to “discover” the Americas. Hans Koning gives us the true history of Columbus’ life and voyages.
Koning describes how Columbus’ consuming drive to send “mountains of gold” back to Spain shaped his life, beginning the story with his childhood in Genoa and ending after his return from his fourth and final voyage, an old man in disgrace. He shows how Columbus’ “discovery” led to the enrichment of the conquerors through the plunder and murder of the native peoples of the Americas.

Alcatraz: Indian Land Forever, Edited by Troy R. Johnson, 1995.
The occupation of Alcatraz Island represents the longest continuous occupation of a federal facility by any minority group in US history. Alcatraz set in motion a wave of overtly nationalist Indian militancy that ultimately resulted in abandonment of the US government’s policy of termination and the adoption of a policy of Indian self-determination. This publication commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Alcatraz occupation and presents poetry and political statements written by Indian people during the occupation or in commemoration of the event.

On the Bloody Road to Jesus by H. Henrietta Stockel describes Chiricahua beliefs and ceremonies before going on to recount the conditions of the Spanish colonial frontier at the moment of conquest. Subsequent chapters trace events that culminated in the surrender of the Chiricahua Apaches in 1886, the twenty-seven years of incarceration as American prisoners of war in Florida, Alabama, and Oklahoma, and the life-changing consequences of the children’s education in government-sponsored boarding schools. Shows the unbroken sequence of economic motivations on the part of the Spanish, Mexican, and American governments, each eager to expand their respective territories. Equally unbroken was the resistance of the Apaches to indoctrination.

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