Books: Non-Fiction

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People

Book – Non-fiction. By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; adapted by Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza. 244 pages. 2019.
The original academic text is fully adapted by renowned curriculum experts Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, for middle-grade and young adult readers.

Time Periods: Pre-18th Century, Colonization: 1492 - 1764, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century, All US History
Themes: Environment, Native American, Pacific Islander

Indigenous People's History Young Readers (book cover) | Zinn Education ProjectSpanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up history examines the legacy of Indigenous peoples’ resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism. Indigenous human rights advocate Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals the roles that settler colonialism and policies of American Indian genocide played in forming our national identity.

The original academic text, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United Statesis fully adapted by renowned curriculum experts Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, for middle-grade and young adult readers to include discussion topics, archival images, original maps, recommendations for further reading, and other materials to encourage students, teachers, and general readers to think critically about their own place in history. [Description by publisher.]

The young reader’s edition of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States is by Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, based on the original edition by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Photos of Reese and Mendoza by Durango Mendoza.

Reviews

An important corrective to conventional narratives of our nation’s history . . . . An accessible, engaging, and necessary addition to school libraries and classrooms. An excellent read, dismantling American mythologies and fostering critical reasoning about history and current events. —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

This adaptation of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (2014) should be required reading for all middle and high schoolers—and their teachers . . . . There is much to commend here: the lack of sugar-coating, the debunking of origin stories, the linking between ideology and actions, the well-placed connections between events past and present, the quotes from British colonizers and American presidents that leave no doubt as to their violent intentions . . . . The resistance continues, and this book urges all readers to consider their own roles, whether as bystanders or upstanders. —Booklist, Starred Review

Gripping, tightly written, and packed with facts traditional textbooks and historical accounts neglect to cover. —Shelf Awareness

ISBN: 9780807049396 | Published by Beacon Press.

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