DeLisle uses her evidence to argue for a "placental politics--a new conceptual paradigm for Indigenous women's political action. Drawing on oral histories, letters, photographs, military records, and more, DeLisle reveals how the entangled histories of CHamoru and white American women make us rethink the cultural politics of U.S. imperialism and the emergence of new Indigenous identities.
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DeLisle's work shows us what decolonizing U.S. women's history looks like. This is a well-balanced, carefully constructed, and powerfully persuasive account of how, why, and under what conditions CHamoru women flourished, even when they were in the embraceboth tight and looseof apparently well-meaning imperialist women.Antoinette Burton, University of Illinois
DeLisle reckons with U.S. imperialism and CHamoru history by placing Indigenous and white women at the center of the story. This deliberate reworking of what has been predominantly a monologue of male- and white-narrated history compels DeLisle to ask new questions that are vitally important to understanding ongoing imperialism and Indigenous resistance in Guam as well as in other colonized places. This book will facilitate ways of seeing the world through lived colonial realities.Mary Jane Logan McCallum, University of Winnipeg