Books: Non-Fiction

Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating and Empire-Building

Book - Non-fiction. By Richard Drinnon. 1997. History of American expansion and the infliction of repression and racist tactics on the communities.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies

facingwest9780806129280American expansion, says Richard Drinnon, is characterized by repression and racism. In his reinterpretation of “winning” the West, Drinnon links racism with colonialism and traces this interrelationship from the Pequot War in New England, through American expansion westward to the Pacific, and beyond to the Phillippines and Vietnam. He cites parrallels between the slaughter of bison on the Great Plains and the defoliation of Vietnam and notes similarities in the language of aggression used in the American West, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia.

ISBN: 9780806129280 | Published by the University of Oklahoma Press.