Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a landless farmer and half-Indian mother. Her paternal grandfather—a white settler, farmer, and veterinarian—had been a labor activist in Oklahoma with the Industrial Workers of the World in the first two decades of the 20th century, and stories of his work inspired her to lifelong social justice activism.
Dunbar-Ortiz’s odyssey from Oklahoma poverty to the urban New Left gives a working-class, feminist perspective on a time and a movement that forever changed American society. In a new afterword in Outlaw Woman, she reflects on her fast-paced life as a movement activist.
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