The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 - Indian slaves - 431 pages
A myth-shattering work that draws on new evidence to reveal the massive enslavement of tens of thousands of North American Indians, from its beginnings in the early 1500s to its last gasp in the late 1800s Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as historian Andres Resendez illuminates in 'The Other Slavery', it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. There was no abolitionist movement to protect the tens of thousands of natives who were kidnapped and enslaved by the conquistadors and later forced to serve as domestics for Mormons and rich Anglos, or to descend into the "mouth of hell" of eighteenth-century silver mines, where, if they didn't die quickly from cave-ins, they would die slowly from silica in their lungs. Resendez builds the incisive, original case that it was mass slavery, more than epidemics, which decimated Indian populations across North America. New evidence, including testimonies of courageous priests, rapacious merchants, Indian captives, and Anglo colonists, sheds light on Indian enslavement of other Indians -- as what started as a European business passed into the hands of indigenous operators and spread like wildfire across vast tracts of the American Southwest. 'The Other Slavery' is nothing less than a key missing piece of American history, one that changes an entire national narrative. AUTHOR: Andres Resendez is a professor and historian at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of 'A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca', which Carolyn See called "impossible to put down" (Washington Post Book World). REVIEWS: "This eye-opening exposure of the abuse of the indigenous peoples of America is staggering; that the mistreatment continued into the 20th century is beyond disturbing." - Kirkus January 15 "Every now and then a new book comes along that throws a switch on our historical valences and makes us see ourselves anew. 'The Other Slavery' is one such book. Much as 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee' did when it first appeared in the early 1970s, Andres Resendez's carefully sifted work fundamentally reshapes our understanding of a great enduring mystery: 'What really accounts for the swift and tragic demise of our continent's indigenous peoples?'" --Hampton Sides, author of 'Blood and Thunder' and 'In the Kingdom of Ice' 23 b/w photos, 17 maps, 7 charts

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While I have read many books touching on the history of Slavery and had come to the conclusion that I knew all there was on the subject, this book has shown otherwise! This is a great book which all ... Read full review

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Very few times do I read a book that opens up new and uncharted data. This is the case here when Dr. Resendez delves into the widespread enslavement of Native Americans in the Western Hemisphere for ... Read full review

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ANDRES RESENDEZ is a professor and historian at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca, which Carolyn See called impossible to put down" ( Washington Post Book World ). He lives in Davis, California.

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