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):

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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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.


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