Beacon Press An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States Beacon Press An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
Beacon Press An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States Beacon Press An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


Publication Date: October 3, 2023

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A special 10th Anniversary of The New York Times Bestseller and American Book Award winning title about Native American struggle and resistance radically reframes more than 400 years of US history

Unflinchingly honest about the brutality of this nation’s founding and its legacy of settler-colonialism and genocide, the impact of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s 2014 book is profound. The basis of the HBO docu-series Exterminate All the Brutes, directed by Raoul Peck, and a New York Times Bestseller, this classic is revisited with new material that takes an incisive look at the post-Obama era from the war in Afghanistan to Charlottesville’s white supremacy-fueled rallies, and from the onset of the pandemic to the election of President Biden. Writing from the perspective of the peoples displaced by Europeans and their white descendants, she centers Indigenous voices over the course of four centuries, tracing their perseverance against policies intended to obliterate them.

Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. With a new foreword from Raoul Peck and a new introduction from Dunbar Ortiz, this classic bottom-up peoples’ history explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.

Big Concept Myths

That America's founding was a revolution against colonial powers in pursuit of freedom from tyranny

That Native people were passive, didn’t resist and no longer exist

That the US is a “nation of immigrants” as opposed to having a racist settler colonial history

About the Author

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma in a tenant farming family. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. Dunbar-Ortiz is the winner of the 2017 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize, and is the author or editor of many books, including Not “A Nation of Immigrants.”Winner of the American Book Award (2015). She lives in San Francisco. Connect with her at or on Twitter @rdunbaro.

Author Residence: San Francisco, CA

Author Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Format: Hardcover

Length: 328 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

Publication Date: October 3, 2023

ISBN: 9780807013076

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