To Whom Does America Belong?
Do Americans of European Descent
really Deserve America?
Independence Day, July 4, 2018
Independence for Whom?
Indigenous People? People of Color? Disabled People?
The Appalling Absence of Regret
“The absence of even the slightest note of regret or tragedy in the annual celebration of the US independence betrays a deep disconnect in the consciousness of US Americans.” (Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz)
What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?
"What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour." (Frederick Douglass)
Indigenous People's History
Three Study Questions while Reading the Book
1. “The absence of even the slightest note of regret or tragedy in the annual celebration of the US independence betrays a deep disconnect in the consciousness of US Americans.” Has reading An Indigenous Peoples’ History affected your understanding of key US American celebrations, such as Independence Day, Columbus Day, or Thanksgiving? Do you agree with the statement that the lack of regret over or recognition of tragic events betrays a disconnect in the US American consciousness?
AN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
Excerpt from the Book