This book was adapted for Middle Grade students from the original: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. One or both of these books deserve a spot in every library. I actually recommend the Young Peoples edition as the original was not an easy read in content or in an emotional sense. Obviously, it contains graphic violence, but the YP version words it better.
Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. Any history of the United States that doesn’t include their history and how European settlers destroyed much of their culture is severely flawed. You may think you have a general sense of colonizing, but until you read first hand accounts from another point of view, you may not really grasp the brutal reality of that time period.
Looking to add this to your classroom? Teachers will love that it includes 25-30 maps, graphics, and historical images, and a glossary, timeline, and questions for class discussions and activities. I’m going to include it in our American history studies this year.