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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Thompson, Mark, 1956-
New York : Arcade Pub. : Distributed by Time Warner Trade, c2001
|Named Person:||Charles Fletcher Lummis|
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|Description:||372 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||The restless years --
Tramp across the continent --
On the beat in El Pueblo de Los Angeles --
Defending the general pursuing Geronimo --
Boom and bust --
A New Mexico convalescence --
Refuge in Isleta --
Taking on the Albuquerque Indian School --
The lion of out West --
Showdown at Warner's Ranch --
The tyrant of Keams Canyon --
Tumutt in the last home of Old California --
Last stand against the Indian Bureau.
"Attired in his trademark sombrero, bright green corduroy suit, and red Navajo belt, Lummis became a celebrated figure across the country for his fiery opinions and outlandish behavior. The Harvard-educated frontiersman covered the U.S. Army's pursuit of Geronimo, was the first outsider to witness and report the grisly crucifixion rituals practiced by the Penitentes sect in New Mexico, and blew the whistle on a string of murders committed by one of the territory's most powerful families. He traveled to Peru with Adolph Bandelier, restored half a dozen Spanish missions in California, reformed the Los Angeles Public Library, and founded the city's Southwest Museum.".
"Lummis befriended and influenced an exceptional number of American history's most prominent figures, including General George Crook, Phoebe Hearst, Libby Custer, John Muir, Jack London, William Lloyd Garrison, John Philip Sousa, Frederic Remington, and Teddy Roosevelt, who made Lummis part of his informal "cowboy cabinet." But Lummis's greatest legacy - beyond the buildings he preserved and the national parks he championed - was the role he played in changing the nation's attitude and policies toward racial and cultural minorities, particularly in granting political and religious freedoms, and simple respect, to Native Americans.".
"Mark Thompson has recreated the irresistibly compelling story of one of our nation's most fascinating characters. Romantic and contentious, mercurial and defiant, Charles Fletcher Lummis was a man of heroic proportions, a figure who both embodied and defined our vision of the West and of America itself."--BOOK JACKET.