Clearing the Plains

Clearing the Plains

Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life

Book - 2013
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In arresting, but harrowing, prose, James Daschuk examines the roles that Old World diseases, climate, and, most disturbingly, Canadian politics--the politics of ethnocide--played in the deaths and subjugation of thousands of aboriginal people in the realization of Sir John A. Macdonald's "National Dream." It was a dream that came at great expense: the present disparity in health and economic well-being between First Nations and non-Native populations, and the lingering racism and misunderstanding that permeates the national consciousness to this day. " Clearing the Plains is a tour de force that dismantles and destroys the view that Canada has a special claim to humanity in its treatment of indigenous peoples. Daschuk shows how infectious disease and state-supported starvation combined to create a creeping, relentless catastrophe that persists to the present day. The prose is gripping, the analysis is incisive, and the narrative is so chilling that it leaves its reader stunned and disturbed. For days after reading it, I was unable to shake a profound sense of sorrow. This is fearless, evidence-driven history at its finest." -Elizabeth A. Fenn, author of Pox Americana "Required reading for all Canadians." -Candace Savage, author of A Geography of Blood "Clearly written, deeply researched, and properly contextualized history...Essential reading for everyone interested in the history of indigenous North America." -J.R. McNeill, author of Mosquito Empires
Publisher: Regina : University of Regina Press, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780889773400
Characteristics: xxii, 318 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Jun 20, 2014

A travesty of scholarship. And that's being kind. Its focus on health issues ensures a one sided bias. Revisionism? Maybe. Implications of genocide are at minimum, far-fetched. Though is does emphasize differenceds between the interactions of natives in South America, USA and Here in Canada. We come out, not matter what, as far and ahead more decent, moral. But, anyone reading this loses the vibrancy, inventivesness, the spirit, to complexity and the toughness of the Canadiennes. Anyone really interested in truth:
"Adventurers in the New World" by george Hebert Germain; and "The Metis in the Canadian West' by Marcel Giraud (translated by George Woodcock). These are French Canadian works; something a format the author of this swork neglected to resesarch.

frogmarch Feb 22, 2014

Very frightening reading but essential to understanding the conditions of First Nations People today.
Fin MacDonald

Feb 06, 2014

A Very Important Book.

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