The Indian Uprising — The Fall of Empire by William T. Hathaway

THE FACE OF IMPERIALISM

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by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 26, 2013

“The Indian Uprising” by Donald Barthelme is an iconic short story of the 1960s heralding the defeat of the US empire and the end of white male dominance. Written as the USA was mired in a hopeless war, as Native-Americans and African-Americans were rebelling against oppression, and as women were breaking out of the traditional roles they had been confined to, the story predicted the victory of these insurgents over the feeble old order. Its experimental style full of dislocations and dissolutions captured the postmodern zeitgeist.

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