Black Indians by William L. Katz


Black IndiansThe compelling account of how two heritages united in their struggle to gain freedom and equality in America is now available with updated, revised and expanded content.

The expanded and updated edition of Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage brings the Native American and African American alliance that for four centuries challenged the European conquest and slavery into the 21st century with additional research and documentary and photographic evidence.

The new edition reveals the story of the African guides and translators of the colonial era who became valued contacts with Indigenous peoples, examines the African and Indian alliance known as the Pueblo revolt of 1680 that ended Spain’s rule of the southwest for a dozen years, introduces Francisco Menendez and the 1738 Black Indian community that defended its liberty in Florida against British incursions, and describes the Lowry Gang in North Carolina that fought the Civil War Confederacy and then battled the KKK.

This edition also provides new information on how western African American pioneer women often took the lead in aiding Native Americans; the ironic role of the Black “Buffalo Soldiers” sent to fight the great Native American nations in the West, and those who refused.

Katz introduces readers to Lucy Parsons, a former enslaved Black Indian, and a brilliant, and fiery orator and writer who became a socialist revolutionary; and to militant Black Indian Congressman George Henry White who introduced the first anti-lynching bill in 1900. Readers will hear of both the debates and efforts toward unity started in the 1960s between Dr. Martin Luther King, Dick Gregory, Stokely Carmichael [Kwame Ture], the American Indian Movement, and Black Power Movement, and between political prisoners Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu Jamal.


“A major contribution, particularly valuable because the subject has been overlooked.” —             John Hope Franklin

Black Indians “digs up stories that have not been told, introduces us to people and events that have been shamefully ignored and does it all in clear, clean prose.” — Howard Zinn

Black Indians give us much usable, nearly lost, invaluable history. A guide to the real America.”      Alice Walker


“William Katz’s Black Indians is not only one of the most  thoroughly researched and accurate books on the subject, it is the best written account I have come across.”
       William “Dub” Warrior, Chief of John Horse Band,
                           Texas and Old Mexico Seminoles


Your work has not only coined the term Black Indians, it has inspired an intellectual wave. Thank you from some one who has learned from your wisdom and research.”
       McArthur Fellow, Professor Tiya Miles


“Bill Katz is the godfather of Black Indian Studies and a legend in his own time.”
       Phil Pompey Fixico, President “Semiroon Society”

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– Recent review in Indian Country by Anthropologist’s, Julianne Jennings – “The Tragic History of African Slaves and Indians”