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The Resource Native America and the question of genocide, Alex Alvarez

Native America and the question of genocide, Alex Alvarez

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Native America and the question of genocide
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Native America and the question of genocide
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Alex Alvarez
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Subject
Language
eng
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Review
  • Arguing the term genocide is too often used as a blanket pronouncement based on "a general sense of outrage and horror," Alvarez (Violence: The Enduring Problem) turns to Native American history to provide a more nuanced understanding of the term. Throughout the book, the author gives examples of the varieties of contact between Europeans and natives of the Americas, including those of the Aztec and Inca. In most cases, these do not meet his definition of the term genocide. The decimation of Native Americans from small pox brought unwittingly by Europeans was not intentional and therefore not genocide. But giving Indians contaminated blankets in the hope that disease would, in the words of Major General Jeffrey Amherst, "Extirpate this Execrable Race" is genocide. While Alvarez condemns the many massacres and resettlements, he does not see them as genocide, since it was not the intent of the government to destroy the natives as a race. However, the author makes an excellent case for the intentional and long-term cultural genocide of Native Americans in the kidnapping of children for the purpose of "acculturation." The governmental attempt to destroy Native language, religion, history and culture, even under a misguided belief that this was a positive, "civilizing" action is still cultural genocide. Alvarez gives a thought-provoking study that compels the reader to reexamine concepts that we too often address superficially. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed March 24, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 12, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Many Native American activists have claimed that their peoples have been subjected to genocide since the arrival of the first Europeans to the Americas. In this work, Alvarez (criminal justice, Northern Arizona Univ.) seeks to determine whether the assertions are correct. He provides a detailed examination of various definitions of genocide—which he defines as the implementation of a strategy designed to exterminate a group of people—how they are applied and why. According to the author, planning and intent are the key aspects lacking in much of the evidence put forth to support the accusations. It has been argued that disease was used as a weapon, but Alvarez demonstrates that this devastation was inadvertently transmitted. The author looks for collusion among the colonial-era Dutch, English, French, and Spanish, on a plan to eradicate the native peoples. To believe that European powers enacted such an effort would have denied Native Americans their own agency, yet they actively played European powers against one another to advance their interests. Alvarez acknowledges that many atrocities were committed by Euro-Americans but sees those as distinct from massacre. VERDICT Although written about Native Americans, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in human rights as it is a primer on what genocide is and is not.— John R. Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY --John R. Burch (Reviewed April 1, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 6, p100)
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10313714
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DLC
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Alvarez, Alex
Dewey number
973.04/97
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E93
LC item number
.A42 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Series statement
Studies in genocide: religion, history, and human rights
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Indians, Treatment of
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America
  • Genocide
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Native America and the question of genocide, Alex Alvarez
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginnings -- Genocide -- Destructive beliefs -- Disease -- Wars and massacres -- Exiles in their own land -- Education for assimilation -- What's in a name?
Control code
2013048466
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 203 pages
Isbn
9781442225817
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013048466
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
Native America and the question of genocide, Alex Alvarez
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginnings -- Genocide -- Destructive beliefs -- Disease -- Wars and massacres -- Exiles in their own land -- Education for assimilation -- What's in a name?
Control code
2013048466
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 203 pages
Isbn
9781442225817
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013048466
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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