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Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating and Empire-Building Reprint Edition

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American expansion, says Richard Drinnon, is characterized by repression and racism. In his reinterpretation of "winning" the West, Drinnon links racism with colonialism and traces this interrelationship from the Pequot War in New England, through American expansion westward to the Pacific, and beyond to the Philippines and Vietnam. He cites parallels between the slaughter of bison on the Great Plains and the defoliation of Vietnam and notes similarities in the language of aggression used in the American West, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia.

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Richard Drinnon was Professor Emeritus of History at Bucknell University and the author of White Savage: The Case of John Dunn Hunter and Keeper of Concentration Camps: Dillon S. Myer and American Racism, among other books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; Reprint edition (March 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080612928X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806129280
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"To all appearances," wrote Richard Drinnon, "it all began innocently enough with a first victim" (Indian-Hating 35). Indeed, in Drinnon's 'Facing West: The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating and Empire-Building,'those first victims finally have the chance to tell their story through the records of their conquerors. From John Endicott's war on the Niantics and Pequots, to the horrors of the My Lai massacre, Drinnon illustrates, with passion, power and unrelenting wit, how Indian-hating in the Americas became a national pastime, and how that same hate was turned against the native populations of the Phillipines and Southeast Asia. A tremendous feat of scholarship that should not be missed.
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Facing West is a tremendous work of research and very absorbing gathering of stories, especially of 2nd or third level leaders, who were well known and respected and well written about during their times. While it features these leaders it also combines this with well documented information from personal documents and letters from the highest level leaders from leaders of colonies, Presidents of the U.S. and other high up leaders of the highest levels. I do not know how Thomas Jefferson, one of the great slaveholders of his time, could have declared what he did about human liberty. In one sense it was the 'Big Lie' and in another it applied to white European only in what Richard Drinnon calls a caste system, where the original inhabitants, the American Indians, and the slaves are thrown outside as lacking 'civilization, humanity, rights, or any kind of dignity, and whose culture and way of life is of any value. The focus for the 'Facing West' is the Indians, who had no rights of legal recognition, in any court, and as the original inhabitants had no claim to any of their lands either for where they first lived, or where they removed to. Physical genocide was practice by the first colonists, During the Revolutionary War and from American settlers from accompanied by Manifest Destiny Many of the basics keep re-occurring through time. It was frequent policy to kill all Indians, men, women and children while claiming that that is only what the Indians (savages) did. In fact they were so fearful of the Indians' murderousness that the confidently to squat on their lands they wanted to take over.Read more ›
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A very good analysis, ocassioanlly one-sided, but the side he takes is that of the weak.
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