Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 3, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 254 pages
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.

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My guess is that this was originally intended to about blacks and Seminoles, but that there wasn’t enough material for a full book so author William Loren Katz expanded it to include black Indians in ... Read full review

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This book is listed as grade 6 and up, but seems to be most appropriate for high school. It is organized by topics relating to the history of black Indians over a range of time, and does not stick to ... Read full review


If You Know I Have a History
They Fled Amongst the Indians
Between the Races We Cannot Dig Too Deep a Gulf
The FinestLooking People I Have Ever Seen
We Are All Living as in One House
That You Know Who We Are
He Was Our GoBetween
Blood So Largely Mingled
The Finest Specimens of Mankind
No Bars Can Hold Cherokee Bill
We Are Identical
The Greatest Sweat and Dirt Cowboy who Ever Lived
So Long to Articulate
Acknowledgments to the Revised Edition 241 Bibliography

Their Mixing Is to Be Prevented
Like the Indians Themselves

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About the author (2012)

William Loren Katz is the author of forty books, including such award-winning titles as Breaking the Chains: African American Slave Resistance, The Black West, and Black Women of the Old West. He has lectured in Europe, Africa, and the United States; he has been a Scholar in Residence at Teachers College, Columbia University; and he has served as a consultant to the Smithsonian Institute and to school systems from California to Florida and England. He lives in New York City. Visit him at