The Occupation of Alcatraz Island
Indian Self-Determination and the Rise of Indian Activism
The occupation of Alcatraz Island by American Indians from November 20, 1969, through June 11, 1971, focused the attention of the public on Native Americans and helped lead to the development of organized Indian activism.
In this first detailed examination of the takeover, Troy Johnson tells the story of those who organized the occupation and those who participated, some by living on the island and others by soliciting donations of money, food, water, clothing, or electrical generators.
Johnson documents growing unrest in the Bay Area urban Indian population and draws on interviews with those involved to describe everyday life on Alcatraz during the nineteen-month occupation. To describe the federal government's reactions as Americans rallied in support of the Indians, he turns to federal government archives and Nixon administration files. The book is a must read for historians and others interested in the civil rights era, Native American history, and contemporary American Indian issues.
To order online:
To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)
Edited by Michael A. Pagano
Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland
Global Media and the World's Most Wanted Man
Edited by Susan Jeffords and Fahed Al-Sumait
Michael K. Rosenow
Noisemakers, Strikebreakers, and Muckrakers
American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience
The Federal Music Project in the West
Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures
Edited by Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski