The Other Slavery

The Other Slavery

The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

Book - 2016
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A landmark history: the sweeping story of the enslavement of tens of thousands of Indians across America, from the time of the conquistadors up to the early 20th century. Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates, 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, then forced to descend into the "mouth of hell" of eighteenth-century silver mines or, later, made to serve as domestics for Mormon settlers and rich Anglos. Reséndez builds the case that it was mass slavery--more than epidemics--that decimated Indian populations across North America. New evidence, including testimonies of courageous priests, rapacious merchants, Indian captives, and Anglo colonists, sheds light too 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 reveals nothing less than a key missing piece of American history. For over two centuries we have fought over, abolished, and tried to come to grips with African-American slavery. It is time for the West to confront an entirely separate, equally devastating enslavement we have long failed to see truly.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780547640983
0547640986
Characteristics: xiii, 431 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Jun 29, 2017

Well-researched, illuminating, and powerful study of, as the subtitle indicates "the uncovered story of Indian enslavement in America." When I first read about it, I thought it would be more about Native American enslavement and, while that's part of the story, the book begins with Columbus and his fleet landing in the Caribbean and then follows the Spanish conquest of Latin America and its people, many of whom were killed, died of disease, or enslaved, even if slavery was technically illegal in much of the Spanish empire. It can be a little academic (author Andres Resendez is a professor at UC Davis), but this is an important, thoughtful book that calls attention to a history which we all should be more familiar with.

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