The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America - James WilsonLondon: Picador, 1998, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted.
Contains: Further reading list; List of sources;
From the cover: “The European ‘discovery’ and conquest of America was one of the most cataclysmic events in history, leading to the wholesale destruction of millions of people and hundreds of flourishing societies. Yet although their story has given Western popular culture some of its most enduring and potent images, Native Americans remain bit-players in an essentially European and Euro-American drama.
In this ground-breaking book, James Wilson puts Native Americans centre-stage. Drawing not only on historical sources but also on ethnography, archaeology, Indian oral tradition and his own extensive research in contemporary Native American communities, Wilson sets out to recover their experience and to make it accessible to a non-Indian audience. Contrasting the cosmologies of the ‘Old World’ and ‘New World’, he goes on to chart the horrifying — but often surprising — course of the collision between indigenous cultures and European invaders, from the first English settlements on the Atlantic coast to the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890. At the same time, he explains how Europeans justified a process that reduced the Native American population from an estimated 7-10 million to less than 250,000 in just four centuries.
In the final section of the book, James Wilson shows how these same ideas have continued to underpin government policy towards native people in the twentieth century and to distort popular perceptions of the ‘Indian’, leaving a legacy of ignorance and misunderstanding that still haunts contemporary Native American life today.”