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"Andrea Smith has no fear. She challenges conventional activist thinking about global and local, sexism and racism, genocide and imperialism. But more, in every chapter she tries to answer the key question: What is to be done? Many remedies proposed by well-meaning activists produce more of the very damage they purport to undo, because the analysis leading to action fails to take seriously the structural connections that fuse the range of harms discussed in this volume. Conquest is unsettling, ambitious, brilliant, disturbing: read it, debate it, use it."
—Ruthie Gilmore

"During the 1980's and 90's there was a veritable explosion in the field of fiction by Aboriginal [North American Indian] authors. In the past decade, non-fiction has followed suit with one exciting piece of work after another being turned out by such authors as Jack Forbes, Taieke Alfred, Womack, Jace Weaver and others. But this is the book Aboriginal women have been waiting for with bated breath. It is the non-fiction work we all wish we had the time and inclination to research and write. It is the book we all wish was in the library within easy reach during the long years of our education. Not only has Andrea Smith meticulously researched the place of rape and violence against Indigenous women in the colonial process, but also she is the first to fully articulate the connection between violence against the earth, violence against women and North America's terrible inclination toward war. Every single adult human being on this continent needs to read this book. If we did, we would all find inside ourselves the wherewithal to face our history and alter its course."
—Lee Maracle

"Andrea Smith offers a powerful analysis of sexual violence that reaches far beyond the dominant theoretical understandings, brilliantly weaving together feminist explanations of violence against Native women, the historical data regarding colonialism and genocide, and a strong critique of the current responses to the gender violence against women of color. As a passionate activist and a deeply respected scholar, Smith brings her experience working on the ground to this important project, rendering Conquest one of the most significant contributions to the literature in Native Studies, Feminism, and Social Movement Theory in recent years."
—Beth E. Richie, Head, Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago; Activist in anti-violence and anti-prison movements; Author of Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women

"Conquest radically rethinks the historical scope and dimensionality of 'sexual violence,' a historical vector of bodily domination that is too often reduced to universalizing—hence racist—narratives of gendered oppression and resistance. Offering a breathtaking genealogy of white supremacist genocide and colonization in North America, this book provides a theoretical model that speaks critically and urgently to a broad continuum of political and intellectual traditions. In this incisive and stunningly comprehensive work, we learn how the proliferation of sexual violence as a normalized feature of modern euroamerican patriarchies is inseparable from a living history of violence against indigenous women and women of color. Andrea Smith has presented us with an epochal challenge in this book, one that should productively disrupt and perhaps transform our visions of liberation and radical freedom."
—Dylan Rodríguez, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

"This book is a tough, thoughtful, and passionate analysis of the colonization of America and the resistance of Indigenous women. This book is not for those who flinch from an honest examination of white supremacist history or who shy away from today's controversies in the reproductive health and anti-violence movements. Andrea Smith is one of this country's premiere intellectuals and a good old-fashioned organizer—a rare combination that illuminates her praxis and gift to social justice movement building in the 21st century."
—Loretta Ross

"In Conquest, Andrea Smith reveals the deep connections between violence against Native women and state policies of environmental racism, sterilization, and other medical experimentation. Her exposé of how colonial ideology appropriates Native spirituality for the purposes of sexual exploitation is simply stunning. A must-read for everyone concerned about Native people and our Native world."
—Haunani-Kay Trask

"Whether it is our reliance on the criminal justice system to protect women from violence or the legitimacy of the U.S. as a colonial nation-state, Andy Smith's incisive and courageous analysis cuts through many of our accepted truths and reveals a new way of knowing rooted in Native women's histories of struggle. More than a call for action, this book provides sophisticated strategies and practical examples of organizing that simultaneously take on state and interpersonal violence. Conquest is a 'must read' not only for those concerned with violence against women and Native sovereignty, but also for antiracist, reproductive rights, environmental justice, antiprison, immigrant rights and antiwar activists."
—Julia Sudbury, Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Equity and Diversity, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto; Editor of Global Lockdown: Race, Gender and the Prison-Industrial Complex (Routledge 2005).

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