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Native Land Talk
Indigenous and Arrivant Rights Theories
Yael Ben-zvi

Publication date: January 2, 2018


Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies

Dartmouth
2018 • 296 pp. 2 illus. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Literary Criticism - American / Native American Studies / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism

$45.00 Paperback, 978-1-5126-0146-6
$95.00 Hardcover, 978-1-5126-0145-9

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How Native Americans and African Americans redefined nativity and shaped eighteenth- and nineteenth-century perceptions of rights, freedom, and belonging

Histories of rights have too often marginalized Native Americans and African Americans. Addressing this lacuna, Native Land Talk expands our understanding of freedom by examining rights theories that Indigenous and African-descended peoples articulated in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As settlers began to distrust the entitlements that the English used to justify their rule, the colonized and the enslaved formulated coherent logics of freedom and belonging. By anchoring rights in nativity, they countered settlers’ attempts to dispossess and disenfranchise them. Drawing on a plethora of texts, including petitions, letters, newspapers, and official records, Yael Ben-zvi analyzes nativity’s unsettling potentials and its discursive and geopolitical implications. She shows how rights were constructed in relation to American, African, and English spaces, and explains the obstacles to historic solidarity between Native American and African American struggles.

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Native Land Talk is a wonderfully innovative and timely contribution to conversations about black and Native expressions of belonging. Focusing on the emergence of varied conceptions of birthright, it provides an immensely compelling and intellectually rich account of the relation between race and place in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and its careful attention to African American and Indigenous texts, histories, and modes of political expression makes it a must-read for those engaged in critical comparative scholarship.”
—Mark Rifkin, director of women’s and gender studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro



YAEL BEN-ZVI teaches American studies in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.



Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:48:26 -0500