Chicago, IL: Saturday, July 8, 9:30-11:00 AM
Socialism 17 Conference, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Room Burnham C
"Continental Imperialism and the Origins of the U.S. Way of War"
The U.S. military originated in the English/U.S. settlers’ genocidal wars against Native Nations along the Atlantic coast and in the South and Ohio Valley, and continued with its march across the continent in wars that ended in 1890, at which time, the U.S. military moved into the Pacific and Caribbean, then the world. Air Force officer and military historian John Grenier writes: “For the first 200 years of our military heritage, then, Americans depended on arts of war that contemporary professional soldiers supposedly abhorred: razing and destroying enemy villages and fields; killing enemy women and children; raiding settlements for captives; intimidating and brutalizing enemy noncombatants; and assassinating enemy leaders.” Activist and author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will examine this formative period and the characteristics of the U.S. way of war.
San Francisco, CA: Sunday, July 16, 3-5pm
Title of the talk: The Historical Roots of US Endless Wars and Gun Violence
Description: Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, acclaimed historian and author, will talk about the United States as an inherently violent settler state, based on the institutions built to carry out annexation of Native lands through genocidal wars and capitalism built on commodification of land and African bodies. The military and economy developed by the settlers of the thirteen British colonies converged into the independent United States in order to maintain slavery and to continue theft of Native lands and annexation of half of Mexico during the first century of US existence. Social and police violence and military aggression in the world result from that process. Roxanne will emphasize the crucial role played by the US historical narrative in obscuring the reality of US history, leading those who organize for change into blind alleys.