The Other Slavery

The Other Slavery

The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

eBook - 2016
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"The Other Slavery is nothing short of an epic recalibration of American history, one that's long overdue...In addition to his skills as a historian and an investigator, Résendez is a skilled storyteller with a truly remarkable subject. This is historical nonfiction at its most important and most necessary."—Literary Hub, 20 Best Works of Nonfiction of the Decade​
"Long-awaited and important . . . No other book before has so thoroughly related the broad history of Indian slavery in the Americas."—San Francisco Chronicle
"A necessary work . . . [Reséndez's] reportage will likely surprise you."—NPR
"One of the most profound contributions to North American history."—Los Angeles Times

Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates in his myth-shattering The Other Slavery, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. There was no abolitionist movement to protect the tens of thousands of Natives who were kidnapped and enslaved by the conquistadors. Reséndez builds the incisive case that it was mass slavery—more than epidemics—that decimated Indian populations across North America. Through riveting new evidence, including testimonies of courageous priests, rapacious merchants, and Indian captives, The Other Slavery reveals nothing less than a key missing piece of American history. For over two centuries we have fought over, abolished, and tried to come to grips with African American slavery. It is time for the West to confront an entirely separate, equally devastating enslavement we have long failed truly to see.
"Beautifully written . . . A tour de force."—Chronicle of Higher Education


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Dec 31, 2019

This was one book suggested by Buffy Sainte-Marie at her Ottawa concert. It is written in an easy-to-read manner. It surprised me to learn of who were taken as slaves and who took slaves. In the book we read about human cruelty. I'm glad the author writes about present-day slavery in the Epilogue. He writes, "'New slavery' did not replace the 'old slavery' (African slavery) but was there all along...(F)ormal slavery was replaced by multiple forms of informal labor coercion and enslavement that were extremely difficult to track, let alone eradicate. This remains true today...(I)n combatting human trafficking and slavery today, we should be mindful that the successful reduction of slavery in one group or region may result in a comparable expansion in another." pgs 319-321.

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tirjan
Feb 07, 2019

The Thirteenth Amendment outlawed slavery in 1863. Black African Americans were freed, although true equality wasn't available until far into the future. But what about Native American slaves; they didn't get heir legal freedom until 1924. In fact just as with the African Americans the Natives didn't receive true freedom until much later.
Resendez does an excellent job of describing the horrors inflicted upon the Native peoples beginning in the 15th Century right up until the 20th. Not hard reading but hard to read without feeling ashamed for what the European colonizers did to the poor unfortunates they came into contact with. Well documented, interesting reading and hard to ignore.

PimaLib_NormS Sep 27, 2017

“The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America”, by Andres Resendez, is an informative book of important, but mostly unknown history. We are all aware of the enslavement of Africans in this country, and we are still dealing with the aftereffects. However, not much is known about the enslavement of the indigenous people of the Americas. Slavery was practiced by civilizations all over the world for thousands of years, and while it wasn’t the white Europeans that introduced the concept of slavery to the New World, there is no denying that they, starting with that old slave-trading mariner himself, Christopher Columbus, became heavily invested in the slave trade of Indians. (Note: The author uses the term “Indians” to describe the indigenous people and tribes of the Americas as a group, so that’s what I’ll use, too.) The Europeans quickly became the dominant force in the region, which included the taking and trading of slaves, but even before Columbus landed in the New World, weaker Indian groups were being enslaved by those that were more powerful. Slaves were commodities to be bought, sold, and traded by the strong, to the detriment of the weak. And, the taking of Indians as slaves continued for many years in America, even past the time of the Civil War. The enslavement of Africans is a repugnant, shameful part of American history, and based on the diligent and thorough research of Andres Resendez, we are now aware of the repugnant, shameful enslavement of Indians, as well.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 29, 2017

Well-researched, illuminating, and powerful study of, as the subtitle indicates "the uncovered story of Indian enslavement in America." When I first read about it, I thought it would be more about Native American enslavement and, while that's part of the story, the book begins with Columbus and his fleet landing in the Caribbean and then follows the Spanish conquest of Latin America and its people, many of whom were killed, died of disease, or enslaved, even if slavery was technically illegal in much of the Spanish empire. It can be a little academic (author Andres Resendez is a professor at UC Davis), but this is an important, thoughtful book that calls attention to a history which we all should be more familiar with.

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