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Saturday, July 8 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Continental Imperialism and the Origins of the U.S. Way of War

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The U.S. military originated in the English/U.S. settlers’ genocidal wars against Native Nations along the Atlantic coast and in the South and Ohio Valley, and continued with its march across the continent in wars that ended in 1890, at which time, the U.S. military moved into the Pacific and Caribbean, then the world. Air Force officer and military historian John Grenier writes: “For the first 200 years of our military heritage, then, Americans depended on arts of war that contemporary professional soldiers supposedly abhorred: razing and destroying enemy villages and fields; killing enemy women and children; raiding settlements for captives; intimidating and brutalizing enemy noncombatants; and assassinating enemy leaders.” Activist and author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will examine this formative period and the characteristics of the U.S. way of war.

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma.  As a veteran of the Sixties revolution, she has been involved in movements against the Vietnam War and imperialism, union organizing, and was one of the founders of the Women's Liberation Movement in the late 1960s. Since 1973, she has worked with Indigenous communities for sovereignty and land rights and helped build the international Indigenous movement. A historian, writer, speaker, and professor emerita at California State University East Bay, she is author of numerous scholarly Indigenous related books and articles, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico and The Great Sioux Nation, as well as a memoir trilogy and is author of the award-winning book, An Indigenous... Read More →

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Burnham C