The Occupation of Alcatraz Island

The Occupation of Alcatraz Island : Indian Self-Determination and the Rise of Indian Activism

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The occupation of Alcatraz Island by American Indians from November 20, 1969, through June 11, 1971, focused the attention of the world on Native Americans and helped develop pan-Indian activism. In this first detailed examination of the takeover, Troy Johnson tells the story of those who organized the occupation and those who participated, some by living on the island and others by soliciting donations of money, food, water, clothing, and other necessities. Johnson documents the unrest in the Bay Area urban Indian population that helped spur the takeover and draws on interviews with those involved to describe everyday life on Alcatraz during the nineteen-month occupation. To describe the federal government's reactions as Americans rallied in support of the Indians, he turns to federal government archives and Nixon administration files. The book is a must read for historians and others interested in the civil rights era, Native American history, and contemporary American Indian issues.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Illustrations, 1 port.
  • 0252065859
  • 9780252065859

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The occupation of Alcatraz Island by American Indians from November 20, 1969, through June 11, 1971, focused the attention of the world on Native Americans and helped develop pan-Indian activism. In this first detailed examination of the takeover, Troy Johnson tell the story of those who organized the occupation and those who participated some by living on the island and others by soliciting donations of money, food, water, clothing, and other necessities.show more

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"Illuminating, behind-the-scenes looks at Alcatraz's occupiers, the dreams that united them and realities that splintered them; the reaction of the Bay Area Native American community; and the White House efforts to solve a public relations dilemma. Included is an extensive summary of other Native American actions that grew out of the Alcatraz experience." -- Publishers Weeklyshow more

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