The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle

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Jamestown, the Lost Colony of Roanoke, and Plymouth Rock are central to America's mythic origin stories. Then, we are told, the main characters--the friendly Native Americans who met the settlers--disappeared. But the history of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina demands that we tell a different story. As the largest tribe east of the Mississippi and one of the largest in the country, the Lumbees have survived in their original homelands, maintaining a distinct identity as Indians in a biracial South. In this passionately written, sweeping work of history, Malinda Maynor Lowery narrates the Lumbees' extraordinary story as never before. The Lumbees' journey as a people sheds new light on America's defining moments, from the first encounters with Europeans to the present day. How and why did the Lumbees both fight to establish the United States and resist the encroachments of its government? How have they not just survived, but thrived, through Civil War, Jim Crow, the civil rights movement, and the war on drugs, to ultimately establish their own constitutional government in the twenty-first century? Their fight for full federal acknowledgment continues to this day, while the Lumbee people's struggle for justice and self-determination continues to transform our view of the American experience. Readers of this book will never see Native American history the same way.

Product Details

Price
$30.00  $27.00
Publisher
University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date
September 10, 2018
Pages
328
Dimensions
7.79 X 1.03 X 9.84 inches | 1.36 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781469646374
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About the Author

Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee) is associate professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South.

Reviews

Ideal for American history buffs, this rich history explores familiar American periods of turmoil through the singular experience of the Lumbee Indian community.--Publishers Weekly


An extremely valuable work for anyone interested in race, human rights, or Native American studies.--Library Journal


An excellent historical account of the many struggles Lumbee people experience, while remaining a proud people determined to retain their identity as Indians.--Western Historical Quarterly


A fascinating monograph that provides a case study of the Lumbees, a self-identified Native American nation bound by kinship and place for hundreds of years. . . . Contributes to the fields of American history, American studies, Native American studies, and critical race and ethnic studies.--Journal of Southern History