Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

(415) 610-5428


City Lights Books, January 2018

A provocative, timely, and deeply researched history of gun culture and how it reflects race and power in the United States.

US America loves guns. From Daniel Boone and Jesse James, to the NRA and Seal Team 6, gun culture has colored the lore, shaped the law, and protected the market that arms the nation. In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz peels away the myths of gun culture to expose the true historical origins of the Second Amendment, revealing the racial undercurrents connecting the earliest Anglo settlers with contemporary gun proliferation, modern-day policing, and the consolidation of influence of armed white nationalists. From the enslavement of Blacks and the conquest of Native America, to the arsenal of institutions that constitute the "gun lobby," Loaded presents a people's history of the Second Amendment, as seen through the lens of those who have been most targeted by guns: people of color. Meticulously researched and thought-provoking throughout, this is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the historical connections between racism and gun violence in the United States.

Books events (and more to come):

Tuesday, March 20th, 7-8:30pm 
Arcata, CA: Humboldt State Univ , The Latinx Center for Academic Excellence & Centerarts

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will be discussing her book Loaded at the Van Duzer Theater—Center Arts located at 1 Harpst Street, Arcata CA 95521. Tickets are $15/adults & kids and $5 for Humboldt State Univ. students. For more information, please contact Michael Moore at

Tuesday, March 27th, 7:00 pm 
Tempe, AZ: Changing Hands

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will discuss her book Loaded at Changing Hands Bookstore, at their Tempe location. 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283. For more information, call 480.730.0205 or contact Brandon Stout at

Wednesday, April 4th, 7:00 pm 
Salt Lake City, UT: Ken Sanders Rare Books

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will discuss her book Loaded at Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 South 200 East Salt Lake City, UT 84111. For more information, contact Cameron Maughan at or call 801-521-3819.

Friday, April 13th, 10:00-11:30am 
Sacramento, CA: OAH Annual Meeting Session

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will participate in the panel Beyond the Monograph, Beyond the Margins: The Challenge of Interpretative and Inclusive Histories. The event is part of the Organization of American Historians annual meeting session and will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center: 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814. Location 310.

Friday, April 13th, 7:00 pm 
Sacramento, CA: Time Tested Books

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will discuss Loaded at Time Tested Books, located at 1114 21st Street (between L & K streets) Sacramento, CA 95811. For more information, call (916) 447-5696 or contact Finian Scott-Small at &

Friday, April 20th, 7pm 
Santa Monica, CA: Great Mind Series

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will discuss her book Loaded with Lance Simmens at the Great Minds Series. Event will be held at a private home in Santa Monica. More info provided with RSVP. Tickets: $25.00 includes dessert and coffee. PDLA and ADA members: $20.00
RSVP's are required to Ilene Proctor at

Pay by cash or check at the event, or pay in advance with Ilene Proctor at

Saturday April 21st, 3:30pm 
Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Times Book Festival

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz participates in the Los Angeles Times Book Festival! On Saturday, April 21st at 3:30pm join Barry Glassner as he moderates a conversation on "Our Endangered Constitution" with panelists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Erwin Chemerinsky, and Adam Winkler. Book signing to follow. Event will be held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center at the University of Southern California, 3607 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089.

Wednesday, April 25th, 7:30 pm 
Berkeley, CA: KPFA Benefit

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will discuss her book Loaded at the KPFA Benefit, located at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley. For more information, please contact Ken Preston at 

Saturday, April 28th 3:15pm 
Berkeley, CA: Bay Area Book Festival

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz interviewed by TJ Stiles in their scheduled conversation "Loaded: Guns in America" held at Berkeley City College's Auditorium. 2050 Center Street between Milvia and Shattuck.

Get a ticket to secure a spot here.

Sunday, May 6th, 2:00 pm 
Tulsa, OK: Book Smart

More info TBA

Saturday, May 12th, 4:00 pm 
Sausalito, CA: Book Passage

Book Passage's Sausalito store is located at 100 Bay Street. For more info, contact Marissa Friedman at (415) 927-0960 x233 and

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Our history books paint US history in a certain light. Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's work tells the true history of the United States. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the First United Nations Conference on Indians in the Americas, which was held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has also written on the 1960s social movements, feminism, Latin America, and international human rights law.

About Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, author, memoirist, and speaker who researches Western Hemisphere history and international human rights.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international indigenous movement for more than four decades, and she is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After receiving her Ph.D. in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies.


Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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