Two books were published in the last year on the enslavement of native Americans. Here’s a link to a great article on the books: https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/11/24/indians-slaves-and-mass-murder-the-hidden-history/
The reviewer is tough on the scholarship of the writer of the first book, “The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, but other reviews have been much more positive. Here are what three of them had to say:
“This book is, arguably, one of the most profound contributions to North American history published since Patricia Nelson Limerick’s “Legacy of Conquest” and Richard White’s “The Middle Ground.” But it’s not necessary to be into history to understand its power: Our world is still the world Reséndez so eloquently anatomizes.” —Los Angeles Times
“No other book before has so thoroughly related the broad history of Indian slavery in the Americas, and not just its facts but the very reason it has been overlooked.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Reséndez is adept at untangling the intertribal slave trade, as well as the pernicious behavior of white settlers in northern California.”—Philadelphia Inquirer
“With his new book, Reséndez joins a small but growing group of historians reexamining the scope and nutre of slavery in the Southwest and Native America.”—Santa Fe New Mexican
The book discusses the enslavement of Native peoples across North America. The reviewer believes the second book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873, is much better done (it also has great reviews). The book recounts the enslavement and destruction of the Native peoples of California following the Gold Rush. Again, the reviews from others have been overwhelmingly positive.
Regardless, the article is a great read for anyone interested in the collision of Native and European cultures.
Here are links to the books if you’d like to buy them or get the info to check them out of the library, which you might consider doing. These books are not cheap. Sounds like brutal reading. If you do read them, I’d love to hear what you think.