Another book on my list. A must-read.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s disturbing An Indigenous People’s History of the United States is, in the author’s words, the investigation of a crime scene.
She told a story of a nation that broke treaty after treaty in order to engage in unprovoked military aggression, ethnic cleansing and genocide in order to gain living space.
Settler militias and government troops burned crops, demolished homes, and paid bounties for the scalps of Indian men, women, and children. The buffalo were deliberately destroyed to deny sustenance to the Plains Indians
British General Jeffrey Amherst practiced germ warfare against the Pontiac in colonial times. US army personnel skinned Indian victims to make bridles for their horses. The buffalo were deliberately destroyed in order to deny sustenance for the Plains Indians.
General William T. Sherman, who headed the War Department under the Grant administration, famously said that the only good Indians he ever saw were dead.
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