A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement

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Product Details

Price
$40.00
Publisher
Yale University Press
Publish Date
Pages
408
Dimensions
6.4 X 9.5 X 1.3 inches | 0.02 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780300227819

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About the Author

Kent Blansett, a Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi descendant, is associate professor of Indigenous studies and history at the University of Kansas.

Reviews

"Blansett's meticulous research pays due respect to Oakes' massive contribution to the Red Power movement but avoids the hubris of hagiography by understanding Oakes as a flawed individual who could be polarizing and difficult . . . Blansett's balanced writing combines with copious photos and maps that bring the story to life."--Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Los Angeles Times
"A Journey to Freedom will engage readers in Native communities and in college and university classrooms, and casual readers will also find themselves avidly turning the page to see what comes next."--Laurie Arnold, The Sixties

"A Journey to Freedom is the nonfiction complement to Tommy Orange's best-selling novel There There (2018) . . . an exemplary work that recovers an important period in modern California history and casts it in a new, richer light."--Randall A. Lake, California History
"This thorough and balanced account places [Richard Oakes'] life within the broader framework of Indian affairs stretching from WW I through the termination and relocation policies of the 1950s. Likewise, the book corrects many long-held misunderstandings about the birth of the Red Power movement and its sometimes adversarial participants. "--Choice
"This scholarly yet reader-friendly text will enlighten readers about an often-overlooked part of a continuing civil rights struggle."--Publishers Weekly

"Writing from the heart, Kent Blansett demonstrates the sui generis leadership of Richard Oakes in the big picture of Native nationalism that rocked federal-Indian relations and captured public attention in the quest for sovereignty."--Donald L. Fixico, author of Call for Change: The Medicine Way of American Indian History, Ethos, and Reality


"In this exhaustively researched and brilliant work, Kent Blansett centers the story on Mohawk leader Richard Oakes. A Journey to Freedom is a powerfully told and richly documented biography of one of Indian Country's most important leaders and contributes to our understanding of the Red Power Movement, the occupation of Alcatraz Island, Native American activism in the twentieth century, and the urban Indian experience."--Amy Lonetree, author of Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums
"Kent Blansett's deeply researched and well-told biography reveals the centrality of tribal nationalism in Intertribal organizing. Richard Oakes's story frames a major rethinking of the entire history of the Red Power movement. Not to be missed!"--Philip J. Deloria, author of Playing Indian