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Native Land Talk - Indigenous and Arrivant Rights Theories

Yael Ben-zvi



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Dartmouth College Press
02 January 2018
Black & Asian studies; Indigenous peoples; Land rights
Histories of rights have too often marginalized Native Americans and African Americans. Addressing this lacuna, Native Land Talk expands our understanding of freedom by examining rights theories that Indigenous and African-descended peoples articulated in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As settlers began to distrust the entitlements that the English used to justify their rule, the colonized and the enslaved formulated coherent logics of freedom and belonging. By anchoring rights in nativity, they countered settlers' attempts to dispossess and disenfranchise them. Drawing on a plethora of texts, including petitions, letters, newspapers, and official records, Yael Ben-zvi analyzes nativity's unsettling potentials and its discursive and geopolitical implications. She shows how rights were constructed in relation to American, African, and English spaces, and explains the obstacles to historic solidarity between Native American and African American struggles.
By:   Yael Ben-zvi
Imprint:   Dartmouth College Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 9mm,  Width: 6mm,  Spine: 1mm
Weight:   666g
ISBN:   9781512601459
ISBN 10:   1512601454
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   02 January 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

YAEL BEN-ZVI teaches American studies in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Reviews for Native Land Talk - Indigenous and Arrivant Rights Theories

In her close attention to individual voices preserved in little-discussed historical documents--(Ben-zvi's) careful analysis and naming of individuals who attempted to negotiate with or resist domination and violence--Ben-zvi makes a valuable contribution to scholarship on African and Indigenous American agency within the history of colonialism and to scholarship bringing forward specific African and Indigenous American voices that resisted Euro-American violence. --Janet Berry Hess Transmotion

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