JOIN US FOR A BOOK SIGNING WITH MARGARET JACOBS AS SHE PRESENTS HER BOOK “AFTER ONE HUNDRED WINTERS: IN SEARCH OF RECONCILIATION ON AMERICA’S STOLEN LANDS”
About the Author:
Margaret D. Jacobs is professor of history and director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her books include White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880–1940. Website reconciliationrising.org
About the Book:
After One Hundred Winters: In Search of Reconciliation on America’s Stolen Lands confronts the harsh truth that the United States was founded on the violent dispossession of Indigenous people and asks what reconciliation might mean in light of this haunted history. In this timely and urgent book, settler historian Margaret Jacobs tells the stories of the individuals and communities who are working together to heal historical wounds—and reveals how much we have to gain by learning from our history instead of denying it. Jacobs traces the brutal legacy of systemic racial injustice to Indigenous people that has endured since the nation’s founding. Explaining how early attempts at reconciliation succeeded only in robbing tribal nations of their land and forcing their children into abusive boarding schools, she shows that true reconciliation must emerge through Indigenous leadership and sustained relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people that are rooted in specific places and histories. In the absence of an official apology and a federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission, ordinary people are creating a movement for transformative reconciliation that puts Indigenous land rights, sovereignty, and values at the forefront. With historical sensitivity and an eye to the future, Jacobs urges us to face our past and learn from it, and once we have done so, to redress past abuses.
Praise for the Book:
“When the Ponca people were forcibly removed from their homelands more than a century ago, they carried their seeds with them. In this compassionate and honest reckoning, Margaret Jacobs confronts a long history of settler theft and violence against Indigenous people and reveals how settler accountability and efforts at collective action can restore fractured relationships. After One Hundred Winters is a moving, vital story of how those very seeds made their way back, in Ponca hands, to their homelands to take root again. May this book be a seed of its own.”
—Beth Piatote, author of The Beadworkers: Stories