Monday, January 19, 2015

The Story of Native American Dispossession

In a recent article by Claudio Saunt summarizes the story of dispossession and asks why it doesn't feature more heavily in modern accounts of U.S. history:

There are many reasons to favour a more inclusive history of the United States that places the dispossession of native peoples at its centre. Such a history erases the artificial distinctions that earlier generations drew to discount the presence of native peoples, does not privilege the rise of the nation-state, and better reflects the makeup of today’s US population, which will soon be majority non-white. Its themes also resonate with 21st century concerns, including state-sponsored social engineering, large-scale population displacement, environmental degradation, and global capitalism.

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