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The bitter waters of Medicine Creek : a tragic clash between white and native America

Author: Richard Kluger
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The story of a dramatic confrontation between Native Americans and white settlers in the newly created Washington Territory from 1853 to 1857. Washington's first governor, Isaac Ingalls Stevens, had one goal: to persuade (peacefully if possible) the Indians of the Puget Sound region to turn over their ancestral lands to the federal government. In return, they were to be consigned to reservations unsuitable for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Trial and arbitral proceedings
Named Person: Leschi, Nisqually chief; Leschi, Nisqually chief; Isaac Ingalls Stevens; Leschi, Nisqually chief; Isaac Ingalls Stevens; Leschi, Nisqually chief; Isaac Ingalls Stevens; Leschi, Nisqually chief
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Kluger
ISBN: 9780307268891 0307268896
OCLC Number: 641520829
Notes: "This is a Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf."
Description: xvi, 330 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface : A fresh reckoning --
pt. I. The governor and the chief --
"I know what I am about" --
Paradise for free --
The Northwest Express --
A credit to his race --
Christmas at Medicine Creek --
Blood in the Autumn air --
The territory in dread --
An impressive performance --
The wages of zealotry --
pt. II. The trials of Leschi --
Judgment day --
and night --
With malice aforethought --
All the favors of the law --
Epilogue : After Leschi --
I. Salmon and survival --
II. For whom the eagle cries --
III. Red wind rising.
Responsibility: Richard Kluger.

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The story of a dramatic confrontation between Native Americans and white settlers in the newly created Washington Territory from 1853 to 1857. Washington's first governor, Isaac Ingalls Stevens, had one goal: to persuade (peacefully if possible) the Indians of the Puget Sound region to turn over their ancestral lands to the federal government. In return, they were to be consigned to reservations unsuitable for hunting, fishing, or grazing--their traditional means of sustaining life. The result was an outbreak of violence and rebellion. Social historian Richard Kluger recounts the impact of Stevens's program on the Nisqually tribe. His hasty treaty negotiations with the Indians, marked by deceit, threat, and misrepresentation, inflamed his opponents. Chief Leschi, resolved to save more than a few patches of his people's lush homelands, unwittingly turned his tribe--and himself most of all--into victims of the governor's relentless wrath. The conflict would have echoes far into the future.--From publisher description.

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