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ISBN-10: 080321779X
ISBN-13: 9780803217799
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 12/01/2008
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 6.00" W, 0.70" H

American Indian Occupation of Alcatraz Island: Red Power and Self-Determination

Foreword by: Donald Lee Fixico

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The occupation of Alcatraz Island by American Indians from November 20, 1969, through June 11, 1971, focused the attention of the world on Native Americans and helped develop pan-Indian activism. In this detailed examination of the takeover, Troy R. Johnson tells the story of those who organized the occupation and those who participated, some by living on the island and others by soliciting donations of money, food, water, clothing, and other necessities. Johnson documents the unrest in the Bay Area urban Indian population that helped spur the takeover and draws on interviews with those involved to describe everyday life on Alcatraz during the nineteen-month occupation. In describing the federal government’s reactions as Americans rallied in support of the Indians, he turns to federal government archives and Nixon administration files. The book is a must-read for historians and others interested in the civil rights era, Native American history, and contemporary American Indian issues. Troy R. Johnson is a professor of history and American Indian studies at California State University, Long Beach. He is the author and editor of several books, including Red Power: The American Indians’ Fight for Freedom (available in a Bison Books edition) and Contemporary Native American Political Issues.

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"The book provides illuminating, behind-the-scenes looks at Alcatraz's occupiers, the dreams that united them and realities that splintered them; the reaction of the Bay Area Native American community; and the White House efforts to solve a public relations dilemma. Included is an extensive summary of other Native American actions that grew out of the Alcatraz experience."–Publishers Weekly– (3/25/2008 12:00:00 AM)
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ISBN-10: 080321779X
ISBN-13: 9780803217799
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 12/01/2008
Dimensions: 8.90" L, 6.00" W, 0.70" H
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