Beyond Red Power: American Indian Politics and Activism since 1900

Feb 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-3: Tribal Athletes Fight for Their Place, Media Reviews

BEYOND RED POWER COVEREdited by Daniel M. Cobb and Loretta Fowler
School for Advanced Research Press (2007)

Review by Bradley G. Shreve

For too long now, historians of American Indian history have asserted that the Red Power Movement began with the takeover of Alcatraz in 1969 and ended with the Longest Walk in 1978. In their new edited volume, Dan Cobb and Loretta Fowler argue that “such a limited view obscures as much as it reveals” about Native American politics and activism in the 20th century. To prove their point, the editors collected sixteen essays from some of the biggest names in the field, as well as a few newcomers. The result is a groundbreaking work that offers a new approach to modern American Indian history.

No doubt Beyond Red Power will make a splash among scholars of Native history. The essays in the book are dense, revisionist, theoretical, and for the most part meticulously researched. It would be an excellent selection for a graduate-level seminar or perhaps an upper-division course on modern American Indian history.

Beyond Red Power was published as part of the School for Advanced Research’s Global Indigenous Politics Series.

Bradley G. Shreve is chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division at Diné College where he teaches history and is currently revising his book, Red Power Rising, for the University of Oklahoma Press.

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