Review of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese
Middle School, High School    Beacon    270 pp.
7/19    Paper ed.  978-0-8070-4939-6    $18.95
e-book ed.  978-0-8070-4940-2    $14.99

Mendoza and Reese, children’s literature scholars and bloggers at American Indians in Children’s Literature (, have created a young people’s edition of Dunbar-Ortiz’s An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Wide-ranging and politically engaged, with chapters including “Culture of Conquest,” “Jefferson, Jackson, and the Pursuit of Indigenous Homelands,” and “Indigenous Action, Indigenous Rights” and peppered throughout with informative sidebars, the book will be a valuable resource for American History curricula for middle and high school students. Appended with a list of recommended readings, source notes, and an index.

From the November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine.

Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton

Editor Emeritus Roger Sutton was editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., from 1996-2021. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his MA in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a BA from Pitzer College in 1978.

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