Author: William Loren Katz

William Loren Katz is the author of Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage and 40 other books on African American history. His books have won awards and his research, writing and lectures have earned widespread praise from noted scholars such as John Hope Franklin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., John Henrik Clarke, Howard Zinn, James M. McPherson, Alice Walker, Cornel West, Ivan Van Sertima, Betty Shabazz, and Dr. Ralph Bunche. He is an acclaimed lecturer who has spoken at more than 50 universities and dozens of museums, and libraries.

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Black Indians - A Hidden Heritage

Black Indians
  • Number: 9781442446373
  • Release: 2012-01-12
  • Author: William Loren Katz
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Diverse Books
  • Publisher: Atheneum
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The compelling account of how two heritages united in their struggle to gain freedom and equality in America—now updated with new content!

The first paths to freedom taken by runaway slaves led to Native American villages. There, black men and women found acceptance and friendship among our country’s original inhabitants. Though they seldom appear in textbooks and movies, the children of Native- and African-American marriages helped shape the early days of the fur trade, added a new dimension to frontier diplomacy, and made a daring contribution to the fight for American liberty.

Since its original publication, William Loren Katz’s Black Indians has remained the definitive work on a long, arduous quest for freedom and equality. This new edition features a new cover and includes updated information about a neglected chapter in American history.

Age Range: 12 and up

Grade Level: 7 and up


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