The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America

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Now available in paperback, The Earth Shall Weep is a groundbreaking, critically acclaimed history of the Native American peoples. Combining traditional historical sources with new insights from ethnography, archaeology, Indian oral tradition, and years of his original research, James Wilson weaves a historical narrative that puts Native Americans at the center of their struggle for survival against the tide of invading European peoples and cultures. The Earth Shall Weep charts the collision course between Euro-Americans and the indigenous people of the continent, from the early interactions at English settlements on the Atlantic coast, through successive centuries of encroachment and outright warfare, to the new political force of the Native American activists of today. It is a clash that would ultimately result in the reduction of the Native American population from an estimated seven to ten million to 250,000 over a span of four hundred years, and change the face of the continent forever. A tour de force of narrative history, The Earth Shall Weep is a powerful, moving telling of the story of Native Americans that has become the new standard for future work in the field.

3 comments on “The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America”

  1. A History of Native Peoples of the Americas, from Their Perspective This history is so long that I took breaks and spent a month reading it, but it is so well done that I read every word, even the extensive annotated bibliography. What a gift to some of us who might indeed want to look at his some of sources. It covers the history of indigenous peoples from the entire American continent; and though the author is a non-native, he quotes many native voices and resources, often from people he interviewed. The collection of so much primary material, written in...

  2. A well-researched tragedy that continues to this very day This is an excellent, well-researched and pain- and embarrassment-filled introduction to anyone who wants to see how "Euro-Americans" have been treating "Native Americans" since the first Caucasian set foot on the North American continent. It is the story of endless broken promises, broken treaties, broken communities, and broken individuals. It is a story of lies, cheating, suspicion, destruction, selfishness, mayhem and genocide. It is a story of politicians and other governmental leaders...

  3. Informative to say the least My first time seeing a reservation was traveling in Montana. I was appalled at the conditions there. I, quite ignorantly, assumed it was their fault. I thought to myself "why would they live in such deplorable conditions?", and "surely they could do better", and I'm still not sure of those answers because this bok doesn't answer them sufficiently. I do know how and why they got there. I have a profound respect for the Indian now and I encourage you to forget what you think you may know about...

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