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):
Portland, OR, Friday, 2/23, Powell’s main bookstore, 7PM
San Francisco, CA, Tuesday, 2/27, 7PM: City Lights Bookstore: 26l Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA, Wednesday, 3/7, 6 PM: California Historical Society, 678 Mission St. (lecture on “Nation of immigrants?”
Arcata, CA, Tuesday, 3/20, 7PM, California State University Humboldt.
Phoenix AZ, Tuesday, 3/27, 7PM, Changing Hands, Changing Hands Phoenix: 300 W. Camelback Rd
Salt Lake City, UT, Wednesday, 4/4, 7PM: Ken Sanders bookstore, 268 South 200 East.
Salt Lake City, UT, Thursday, 4/5, 1:50 PM: Westminister College.
Sacramento, CA, Friday, 4/13, 7PM, Time Test Books, 1114 21st St.
Los Angeles, CA, Saturday/Sunday, 4/21-22, TBA: Los Angeles Book Festival, University of Southern California
Berkeley, CA, Wednesday, 4/25, 7PM, KPFA event: St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave..
Berkeley, CA, Saturday/Sunday, 4/28-29, TBA: Bay Area Book Fair, with T.J. Stiles
Tulsa, OK, Sunday, 5/6, 2PM, Booksmart Tulsa, Magic City Books, 221 E Archer St
Sausalito, CA, Saturday, 5/12, 4PM, Book Passage.
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All the Real Indians
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States