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Oh what a slaughter : massacres in the American West, 1846-1890

Author: Larry McMurtry
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2005.
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A history of the bloody massacres that marked--and marred--the settling of the American West in the nineteenth century, and which still provoke immense controversy today. Here are the true stories of the massacres at Sacramento River, Mountain Meadows, Sand Creek, Marias River, Camp Grant, and Wounded Knee, among others. These massacres involved Americans killing Indians, Indians killing Americans, and, in one case,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McMurtry, Larry.
Oh what a slaughter.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2005
(OCoLC)607735726
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry McMurtry
ISBN: 074325077X 9780743250771
OCLC Number: 61130878
Description: 178 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The meat shop --
The vulnerable pioneer --
The big massacres and some others --
The moral taint --
Did Kit regret? --
Counts --
Images, heroes, stars --
The Sacramento River Massacre, spring 1846 --
The Mountain Meadows massacre, September 11, 1857 --
Mountain Meadows (II) --
Sand Creek, November 29, 1864 --
The Marias River Massacre, January 23, 1870 --
The Camp Grant Massacre, April 30, 1871 --
The broken hoop : 1871-1890 --
Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890 --
Wounded Knee (II) --
Wounded Knee (III) --
The waning moon.
Responsibility: Larry McMurtry.
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A history of the bloody massacres that marked--and marred--the settling of the American West in the nineteenth century, and which still provoke immense controversy today. Here are the true stories of the massacres at Sacramento River, Mountain Meadows, Sand Creek, Marias River, Camp Grant, and Wounded Knee, among others. These massacres involved Americans killing Indians, Indians killing Americans, and, in one case, Mormons slaughtering a party of settlers. McMurtry's descriptions recall their full horror, and the deep, constant apprehension and dread endured by both pioneers and Indians. By modern standards the death tolls were small--Little Big Horn in 1876 was the only encounter to involve more than 200 dead--yet in the thinly populated West of that time, the violent extinction of a hundred people had a colossal impact. At the sites today, the taint is still powerful enough to affect locals who happen to live nearby.--From publisher description.

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