Colonialism : Pre Colonialsim

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This spring's Detroit Jacobin Reading Group theme will be colonialism and decolonialism. For our first meeting, we will be discussing pre-colonial histories of the colonized world. Join us as we discuss the hidden histories, new societies that emerged on the edge of the colonized world, and why all those Founding Fathers copied their homework from the Iroquois Great Law of Peace.

Our readings for this meeting will be:

"Ch. 1: Follow the Corn" from An Indigenous People's History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Gives a crash course on the entirety of pre-colonial Native American society.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8VSqsmAXMlLLWluQ0RRTllDaUk/view?usp=sharing

"Chapter 2 : How Africa Developed Before the Coming of the Europeans up to the 15th Century" by Walter Rodney from How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
Gives a crash course on the entirety of pre-colonial African society.
http://www.blackherbals.com/walter_rodney.pdf

"The forgotten rebellion of the Black Seminole Nation" by Andrea Perkins from People's World
This is a short article on the new society of escaped slaves and indigenous Americans created on the edge of the colonizing project.
http://peoplesworld.org/the-forgotten-rebellion-of-the-black-seminole-nation/

"The Founding Sachems" by Charles C. Mann
This article gives a great overview of Native influence on The Enlightenment, despite the obnoxious title, tone, and dig at Engels.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/04/opinion/04mann.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

Further Reading
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles Mann
An inclusive survey of Native American Society before the arrival of Europeans.

Note : All readings are used for educational purposes and not for monetary gain.
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