Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World Jack Weatherford explains how the peoples of the Americas have been forgotten for. Indian Givers turned out to be an educational and at the same time very sobering read. Because while Jack Weatherford makes a very strong point as to why the. “As entertaining as it is contemporary writers have Weatherford’s talent for making the deep sweep of history seem vital and immediate.”.

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There are so many fascinating wrinkles to history this book brings out, I can’t recommend it highly enough. They made a single economy of the world. HistReader Jan 19, Ch. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Minnesota Book Awards This book made some good points but got bogged down in the minutia.

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It reminded me that the history of America did not start on Plymouth Rock or Jamestown or anywhere like that. The weathetford extracted by and from the Indians transformed the old mercantile system of Europe, enabling a true money economy in which the middle classes could participate.

Minnesota Book Award for Non-Fiction But I am glad that I read this book.

And of course Africa, with her stolen raw materials like other colonised lands and kidnapped men and women unlike other lands that made US prosper before the civil war dismantled the slavery and dislocated the now free ex-slaves once again, with equality still a faraway goal and animosity of ex-slavers growing to high pitch.


For some reason this was not an easy read for me, even though I found the subject matter very interesting. The primary criticism I have of this book is when he makes broad, over-reaching statements such as on page 58 when he says, ” Kind of made me sad though – jwck Indians of the Americas are so marginalised, and we’ve lost so much knowledge and culture. The world was wanting felt hats, and the guvers pelt for felt was beaver, because the hairs clung together, did not loose their shape, and remained waterproof.

Apr 22, Diane rated it it was ok Shelves: From there, he moves on to the industrial revolution. Full of interesting facts – the Inca’s roads through South America are still probably the best roads in many countries, and many of their A great read – this book really held my attention. For example, early on p. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The British used pirates and privateers to loot both America and Spain. Javk in the book he also concludes that “Most democratic and egalitarian reforms of the past two hundred years in America originated on the frontier and not in the settled cities of the east. America, under one name or another, has been here for thousands of years. Pray for peace, love, and understanding, Zee Huxley www.

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Apr 26, David rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 04, Janice L. The US Constitution, which became the model for many other countries, was based not on the ancients but on the Iroquis. Everyone knew Columbus had not reached India, and everyone nevertheless insists on calling the natives of western continent “Indian”, perpetrating a lie, not merely an inaccuracy. A groundbreaking book that recovers the fascinating history of the Americas and the crucial contributions that the Indians of the Americas made on a global scale.


The ability to calculate even more complicated mathematics, like the Aztecs had? That dude from Marathon that delivered some message about a battle – what a wimp! The story of Native Americans as told by Weatherford is both enlightening and sad, and as the book concludes: The book is disturbing because the natives really did not “give” these things to the world; the things were taken and the natives were treated very poorly.

Bythe Dutch had assumed effective control over the House of Trade in what has been called a “silent takeover”. No trivia or quizzes yet. So began the Fur Trade, and the Company produced such a flood of hats by it was known as the “democratizing fur”. I felt he had a difficult time connecting his own travels and experiences with the research he actually used for the rest of the chapters — he could have broadened the historical context and not included first-person narrative about himself.

Paperbackpages. A somewhat dated but still useful read. Much of the information concerns native cultures in Central and South America, among whom the author traveled extensively, rather than North America. First and foremost, they are NOT Indian.

The knowledge of food that will grow under adverse conditions – maybe even in space?