We’re glad that the classic Black Indians has been updated and
reissued. This startling and readable work of people’s history
chronicles both the attempts to keep black people and Indians divided in
the Americas, and their efforts to unite. As one French colonial
document stated, “Between the races we cannot dig too deep a gulf.” But
the “digging” was not always successful, and much of the drama of Katz’
book is found in the inspiring instances of black-Indian unity, as in
the Seminole Wars. Two lessons in the Zinn Education Project (www.zinnedproject.org) draw on Black Indians:
“The Color Line,” about conscious efforts in early America to create
divisions between races; and “The Cherokee/Seminole Removal Role Play,”
which helps students explore events leading up to the Trail of Tears.
The compelling account of how two heritages united in their struggle to gain freedom and equality in America—now updated with new content!
The first paths to freedom taken by runaway slaves led to Native American villages. There, black men and women found acceptance and friendship among our country’s original inhabitants. Though they seldom appear in textbooks and movies, the children of Native- and African-American marriages helped shape the early days of the fur trade, added a new dimension to frontier diplomacy, and made a daring contribution to the fight for American liberty.
Since its original publication, William Loren Katz’s Black Indians has remained the definitive work on a long, arduous quest for freedom and equality. This new edition features a new cover and includes updated information about a neglected chapter in American history.