Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage by William Loren Katz
Day nine of African American nonfiction features BLACK INDIANS by William Katz. There's a rich but complicated history between African American and Native Americans in Americans history. There is both positive and some negative history between these two groups of people, but there is a common thread of disenfranchisement and cruelty during the building of America that will forever connect their histories.
The first paths to freedom taken by runaway slaves led to Native American villages. There, black men and women found acceptance and friendship among our country’s original inhabitants. Though they seldom appear in textbooks and movies, the children of Native- and African-American marriages helped shape the early days of the fur trade, added a new dimension to frontier diplomacy, and made a daring contribution to the fight for American liberty.
Since its original publication, William Loren Katz’s Black Indians has remained the definitive work on a long, arduous quest for freedom and equality. This new edition features a new cover and includes updated information about a neglected chapter in American history.