Praise for UnFair Labor

Unfair Labor? offers a significant new exploration of American Indian people in primitivist performance, seen through the physical toil of collection, commodity production, travel, and wage labor. In this well-researched volume, Dave Beck makes a critical contribution to the emergent literature on Native labor, globalization, and the new histories of capitalism, while always centering indigenous people’s efforts to survive, adapt, and thrive.”—Philip J. Deloria, professor of history at Harvard University and author of Indians in Unexpected Places


“David Beck’s rigorously researched and engagingly written book is a long-awaited examination of Native American participation in the 1893 World’s Fair. . . . Unfair Labor? is a fascinating and deeply illuminating analysis of Indigenous labor at the World’s Fair, and makes a superb contribution to our understanding of Native life in the late nineteenth century.”—Amy Lonetree (Ho-Chunk), associate professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums