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50 Events That Shaped American Indian History: An Encyclopedia of the American
Mosaic. Ed. by Donna Martinez and Jennifer L. Williams Bordeaux. p.4
Ancient America: Fifty Archaeological Sites to See for Yourself. By Kenneth L. Feder. p. 17
Chronic Diseases: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Effects, and Treatments. Ed. by Jean
Kaplan Teichroew. p. 9
Encyclopedia of Historical Warrior Peoples & Modern Fighting Groups. 3d ed. Ed. by
Paul K. Davis and Allen Lee Hamilton. p. 5
God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion
and the Making of Modern America.
By Louis S. Warren.
Apr. 2017. 496p. illus. Basic, $32 (9780465015023). 299.7.
It began with a charismatic Nevada Paiute
Indian named Wovoka—his American name
was Jack Wilson—who was soon called the
Prophet as the founder of a new religion, the
Ghost Dance, expressed in ecstatic dancing.
It quickly swept across the Native American
West until it reached its untimely end at the
1890 Wounded Knee massacre fomented by
Americans fearful of its sparking rebellion. Or
did it end? Author Warren argues otherwise,
asserting that it survived on the Southern
Plains and in Canada well into the twentieth
century. In making his case, he divides this fascinating work of religious/social history into
three parts; the first provides a rich context for
the upstart religion, the second examines how
the religion took root, and the third charts the
life of the religion following Wounded Knee.
The result is a complex work that, as the introduction promises, has much to teach us about
the social sciences and anthropology. While of
obvious academic interest, the book will also
appeal to general readers curious about Indian
history and religion. —Michael Cart
Protestants: The Faith That Made
the Modern World.
By Alec Ryrie.
Apr. 2017. 464p. Viking, $35 (9780670026166). 280.
Believers, not institutions, constitute Protestantism, and “Protestants will argue . . . about
almost anything.” Over the course of centuries,
Ryrie maintains in this engaging overview, such
contention produced three great gifts for the
modern world: free inquiry, democracy, and
apoliticism. None were Protestant principles at
first but emerged as the movement continued.
Luther’s stress on the authority of the individ-
ual conscience led to a permanent openness to
new ideas. That openness licensed toleration, at
first, and eventually, free speech and religious
difference to every person. If those egalitarian
principles led, as they did, to revolts against
intolerant rulers, the development of a de-
sire to be left alone tempered rebellion by
insisting on limited govern-
ment, which explains why
some Protestants accept
some tyranny. The book’s
three parts cover successive
ages: “The Reformation
Age,” from Luther, Calvin,
and Henry VIII to Pietism
in Germany, Methodism
in England, and revivalism in British North
America; “The Age of Transformation,” on
slavery under Protestantism, the proliferation
of sects, religious liberalism, and the fractur-
ings of Protestantism in Hitler’s Germany
and in the U.S. after WWII; and “The Global
Age,” on massive Protestant growth and in-
fluence in South Africa, Korea, and China as
well as around the world by means of mod-
ern Pentecostalism. Closing with cautious
glimpses into futurity, this sweeping and
thought-provoking book may prove a bible
of the Protestant quincentenary. —Ray Olson
A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an
Abandoned Home and an American City.
By Drew Philp.
Apr. 2017. 304p. Scribner, $26 (9781476797984). 307.3.
This memoir—the story of a white kid, a
new college graduate, who wandered into
Detroit and bought a ruined hulk of a once-grand house for $500 in an attempt at urban
homesteading—is part coming-of-age tale, part
history lesson, and part social commentary.
Philp chronicles his growing self-awareness as
he navigates inner-city communities, meets
unique and inspirational individuals, and doc-
uments his seemingly Sisyphean struggles to
make his house suitable for habitation. Chroni-
cally broke and achingly exhausted, he movingly
talks about family members and neighbors who
provide help and keep him moving forward.
The engrossing narrative doesn’t shy away from
controversial areas: underlying motives, the
morality of taking advantage of other people’s
disadvantages, industrial pollution, the short-
comings of political entities, urban real-estate
speculation, race relations, the effects of gen-
trification—all these real-world problems and
their direct impact on Detroit residents, as
well as future urban dwellers in general, are ex-
plored. Philp is a great storyteller, and he has
done a good job of documenting his struggles
to carve out a home. It’s also easy to see why he
intends to stay. —Kathleen McBroom
50 Events That Shaped American
Indian History: An Encyclopedia of the
Ed. by Donna Martinez and Jennifer L.
2v. 2017. 825p. illus. Greenwood, $189 (9781440835766).
This comprehensive resource covers key
events in American Indian history, from ancient civilizations in North America to recent
happenings, providing readers with an understanding of what shaped them and how they
continue to affect lives today. The editors and
most of the three dozen contributors are Native
American scholars who have written extensively. The work covers the thousands of years of
the ancient civilizations as well as the few hundred years following contact with Europeans.
The events convey the tremendous changes
over the centuries—the beginning of trade,
destruction of many peoples and economies,
Western expansion and Indian removal in the
1800s, forced assimilation, and later self-determination. Readers will appreciate the rich lives
of the people as they confront socioeconomic
and health challenges, thanks to the activism
of communities, organizations, individuals,
and improving federal response to complex
issues. The work is well-documented through
first-person accounts and narratives, excerpts
from official documents, letters, and other primary sources that bring the history to life. The
signed chapters follow a similar format of chronology, sidebars, further reading, biographies,
black-and-white illustrations, and document
excerpts. The writing is balanced and accurate,
references are current, and the index is accurate. General and advanced readers in public
and academic libraries will find this work very
useful. —Arthur Meyers
All Day: A Year of Love and
Survival Teaching Incarcerated
Kids at Rikers Island.
By Liza Jessie Peterson.
Apr. 2017. 256p. Center Street, $27 (9781455570911);
e-book, $13.99 (9781455570904). 365.
When in 2008 the opportunity arises for
poet and actor Peterson to teach a pre-GED
class to male teenage inmates at Riker’s Island,
where she’d previously worked as a teaching
artist, she jumps for the shot at job stability.
Beyond trying to maintain general order in her
classroom—no small task—she must knock