- Narrated by: Kaipo Schwab
- Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
- Release date: 11-28-23
Seeing Red By Michael John Witgen AudioBook summary
Against long odds, the Anishinaabeg resisted removal, retaining thousands of acres of their homeland in what is now Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Their success rested partly on their roles as sellers of natural resources and buyers of trade goods, which made them key players in the political economy of plunder that drove white settlement and US development in the Old Northwest. But, as Michael Witgen demonstrates, the credit for Native persistence rested with the Anishinaabeg themselves. Outnumbering white settlers well into the nineteenth century, they leveraged their political savvy to advance a dual citizenship that enabled mixed-race tribal members to lay claim to a place in US civil society. Telling the stories of mixed-race traders and missionaries, tribal leaders and territorial governors, Witgen challenges our assumptions about the inevitability of US expansion.
Deeply researched and passionately written, Seeing Red will command attention from listeners who are invested in the enduring issues of equality, equity, and national belonging at its core.