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Great Speeches by Native Americans

Edited By: Bob Blaisdell
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Listen to the resounding speeches made by some of the greatest, the average, and the anonymous First People whose words have come down to us through history. From the first contacts in the sixteenth century up until the modern day, the metaphors and depth of feeling contained within their words has not lessened. Struggling against injustice and dealing with sorrow, this collection of 82 speeches provides a clear window into Native American history. 218 pages with notes on the speeches and orators included. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 218
Vendor: Dover Publications
Dimensions: 8.31 X 5.25 X 0.56 (inches)
ISBN: 0486411222
ISBN-13: 9780486411224
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Remarkable for their eloquence, depth of feeling, and oratorical mastery, these 82 compelling speeches encompass five centuries of Indian encounters with nonindigenous people. Beginning with a 1540 refusal by a Timucua chief to parley with Hernando de Soto ("With such a people I want no peace"), the collection extends to the 20th-century address of activist Russell Means to the United Nations affiliates and members of the Human Rights Commission ("We are people who love in the belly of the monster").
Other memorable orations include Powhatan's "Why should you destroy us, who have provided you with food?" (1609); Red Jacket's "We like our religion, and do not want another" (1811); Osceola's "I love my home, and will not go from it" (1834); Red Cloud's "The Great Spirit made us both" (1870); Chief Joseph's "I will fight no more forever" (1877); Sitting Bull's "The life my people want is a life of freedom" (1882); and many more. Other notable speakers represented here include Tecumseh, Seattle, Geronimo, and Crazy Horse, as well as many lesser-known leaders.
Graced by forceful metaphors and vivid imagery expressing emotions that range from the utmost indignation to the deepest sorrow, these addresses are deeply moving documents that offer a window into the hearts and minds of Native Americans as they struggled against the overwhelming tide of European and American encroachment. This inexpensive edition, with informative notes about each speech and orator, will prove indispensable to anyone interested in Native American history and culture.

Author Bio

Bob Blaisdell is professor of English at the City University of New York's Kingsborough Community College and the editor of twenty-two Dover literature and poetry collections.

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