I first encountered his writing in the form of an essay, Why do some people keep insisting we're post-racial? The essay will pry open your sleeping eyelids and remind you that we are not yet in a totally post-racial, harmonious society.
On his website, he gives an excerpt from one of his books. This excerpt is from his recent book, Black Indians. He describes in detail the struggles of the Seminole First Nations peoples who united with escaped African-American slaves to resist government forces who came to claim the land. One leader was Colonel Zachary Taylor.
Katz explains how a false report of victory was delivered back rather than the true report of defeat and human loss.:
Lake Okeechobee became the most decisive US defeat in more than four decades of Florida warfare. But after his survivors limped back to Fort Gardner, Taylor declared victory – “the Indians were driven in every direction.” The US Army promoted him and he later became the 12th president of the United States.We must be aware that not all the stories have been told, and of those that have been told, some have fudged the details.