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Violent encounters : interviews on western massacres

Author: Deborah Lawrence; Jon Lawrence
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Merciless killing in the nineteenth-century American West was not as simple as depicted in dime novels and movie Westerns. The scholars interviewed here, experts on violence in the West, embrace a wide range of approaches and perspectives and challenge both traditional views of western expansion and politically correct ideologies. The Battle of the Little Big Horn, the Sand Creek Massacre, the Battle of the Washita,  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Lawrence; Jon Lawrence
ISBN: 9780806141268 0806141263
OCLC Number: 676727064
Description: xiii, 258 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The McComas Massacre: An interview with Marc Simmons --
The captivity and return of Olive Oatman: An interview with Margot Mifflin --
The Mountain Meadows Massacre: An interview with Will Bagley --
The Camp Grant Massacre: An interview with Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh --
Indians, emigrants, and the Army on the overland trails: An interview with Michael Tate --
Destruction and survival of the California Indians: An interview with Albert Hurtado --
The Sioux Wars: An interview with Robert Utley --
The Cheyenne Wars: An interview with Jerome A. Greene --
Violence over the Great Basin: An interview with Ned Blackhawk.
Responsibility: Deborah and Jon Lawrence.

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Merciless killing in the nineteenth-century American West was not as simple as depicted in dime novels and movie Westerns. The scholars interviewed here, experts on violence in the West, embrace a wide range of approaches and perspectives and challenge both traditional views of western expansion and politically correct ideologies. The Battle of the Little Big Horn, the Sand Creek Massacre, the Battle of the Washita, and the Mountain Meadows Massacre are iconic events that have been repeatedly described and analyzed, but the interviews included in this volume offer new points of view. Other events discussed here are little-known today, such as the Camp Grant Massacre, in which Anglo-Americans, Mexican Americans, and Tohono O'odham Indians killed more than a hundred Pinal and Aravaipa Apache men, women, and children. In addition to specific events, the interviews cover broader themes such as violence in early California; hostilities between the frontier army and the Sioux, including the Santee Sioux Revolt and Wounded Knee; and violence between European Americans and Great Basin tribes, such as the Bear River Massacre. The scholars interviewed include academic historians, public historians, an anthropologist, and a journalist. They share their thoughts on long-standing controversies, address the political uses often made of history, and discuss the need to incorporate multiple viewpoints.

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