Jack Cahill, March 11, 2012 (view all comments by Jack Cahill)
Every American should read this book. Usually we think of what the government did to American Indians as ancient history. Matthiessen brings the story straight up to date and reminds us that people are still fighting for their rights within this country's borders. Also, his prose is matchless, and he combines the historical, spiritual and political seamlessly- just like the worldview of the men and women in this book.
SPEEDY, June 12, 2011 (view all comments by SPEEDY)
"IN THE SPRIT OF CRAZYHORSE" IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ.
PETER MAITHERSON BROUGHT TO LIFE THE PLIGHT OF MY NATIVE PEOPLE AND AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED, NOT ONE AUTHOR SINCE DEE BROWNS "BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE" HAS COME SO CLOSE TO THE TRUTH, ACTUALLY A GRAPHIC TRUTH IS WHAT I MEANT.I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY THE CORRUPT UNITED STATES GOVERMENT BANNED THE BOOK FROM PUBLICATION CONSIDERING THEIR ANTI NATIVE STANCE. MY PEOPLE ARE FROM SOUTH DAKOTA AND PINE RIDGE SO I KNOW WHAT GOES ON THERE IN REAL LIFE, AND ITS STILL HAPPENING NOW.. BY THE OFFSPRING OF DICK WILSON AND THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN THE "HANG AROUND THE FORTS" AND THE PEOPLE
JUST THIS YEAR, SOME NATIVE ELDERS FROZE TO DEATH BECAUSE THE MONEY ISSUED TO THE PEOPLE DID NOT GET TO WHERE IT WAS SUPPOSE TO GO, BUT STRAIGHT INTO THE GREEDY CORRUPT POCKETS OF THE TRIBAL GOVERMENT COFFERS TO FUND THEIR BIG FAT GREEDY CELEBRITY LIFESTYLES ETC. THEY COULD'NT EVEN BE BOTHERED SENDING SOMEONE OUT TO CHECK ON THE PEOPLE AND TAKE THEM SOME FUEL FOR THEIR HEATERS OR WOOD FOR THEIR FIRES....OR FOOD.
THIS IS AMERICA FOLKS....NOT SOME 3RD WORLD COUNTRY. ALWAYS BIG NOTING THEMSELVES ABOUT BEING LIBERATORS FOR COUNTRIES IN NEED AND YET THEY CAN'T EVEN LOOK AFTER THE CITIZENS IN THEIR OWN BACK YARDS.
THESE PEOPLE DON'T WANT CHARITY. THEY WANT A FAIR GO FOLKS.
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A history of Indian political activism told through the inspiring stories of the men and women who defined and defended American Indian political identity
In the newest volume of the award-winning Penguin History of American Life series, Frederick E. Hoxie forms a bold counternarrative to the typical understanding of Native American history. This is not a tale of bloody and doomed battles with settlers and the U.S. Army, which casts Native Americans as mere victims of U.S. expansionism. Instead, This Indian Country describes how, for more than two hundred years, Native American political activists have petitioned courts and campaigned for public opinion, seeking redress and change from the American government.
Hoxie focuses each of his chapters on people who advanced this struggle in important ways. These figuresandmdash;some famous, many unknownandmdash; hoped to bridge the distance between indigenous cultures and the republican democracy of the United States through legal and political debates. Many of these figures wielded no political power in their own time, but the cumulative product of their efforts has profoundly shaped the modern political landscape. They defined a new language of andldquo;Indian rightsandrdquo; and created a vision of American Indian identity. In the process, they entered into a dialogue with other activist movements, from African American civil rights movements to womenandrsquo;s rights and other progressive organizations.
Hoxie weaves a compelling narrative that connects the individual to the tribe, the tribe to the nation, and the nation to broader historical processes. He asks readers to think deeply about how a country based on the republican values of liberty and equality managed to adapt to the complex cultural and political demands of people who refused to be ignored. As we grapple with contemporary challenges to national institutions, from inside and outside our borders, and as we reflect on the array of shifting national and cultural identities across the globe, This Indian Country provides a context and a language for understanding our present dilemmas.
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