by Roxanne Dunbar-Qrtuz
As the title states this is a view of American history from the perspective of native Americans. In this book the author presents a no holds barred view of the treatment of the indigenous peoples throughout the new world by the white settlers from Europe. She explains how the Scots-Irish used the same warring and cruel methods that were used to subjugate Ireland in their treatment of the native population in the new world. She describes how the goal of genocide of the native population was clearly stated and implemented by the early settlers and continued well into the late 19th century. Inhumane tactics such as paying rewards for the scalps of native people, including women and children, random slaughter of the bison and germ warfare by supplying the native population with smallpox infested blankets were some of the methods used by the US government to eradicate the native population. The book also discussed the treaties made and broken and the land that was continually given to and then taken away from the natives. This book presents a view of American history than none of us learned in our history classes in school but should be included in every school’s curriculum going forward.