The Other Slavery

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A necessary work that occupies a loaded historical landscape . . . An object lesson in the trickle-down horrors of colonialism. --NPR Arguably one of the most profound contributions to North American history published since Patricia Nelson Limerick's Legacy of Conquest. --Los Angeles Times Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as Andr_s Res_ndez 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. Res_ndez 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.