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

Title Oh what a slaughter : : massacres in the American West 1846-1890
Names McMurtry, Larry.
Book Number LP019024
Title Status Active
Medium Large Print
Annotation In "Oh What a Slaughter, " Larry McMurtry has written a unique, brilliant, and searing 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 West's most terrible massacres -- Sacramento River, Mountain Meadows, Sand Creek, Marias River, Camp Grant, and Wounded Knee, among others. These massacres involved Americans killing Indians, but also Indians killing Americans, and, in the case of the hugely controversial Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857, Mormons slaughtering a party of American settlers, including women and children. McMurtry's evocative descriptions of these events recall their full horror, and the deep, constant apprehension and dread endured by both pioneers and Indians. By modern standards the death tolls were often small -- Custer's famous defeat at Little Big Horn in 1876 was the only encounter to involve more than two hundred dead -- yet in the thinly populated West of that time, the violent extinction of a hundred people had a colossal impact on all sides. Though the perpetrators often went unpunished, many guilty and traumatized men felt compelled to tell and retell the horrors they had committed. From letters and diaries, McMurtry has created a moving and swiftly paced narrative, as memorable in its way as such classics as Evan S. Connell's "Son of the Morning Star" and Dee Brown's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."
Series Thorndike Press large print Americana
Local Subject History - United States - HUS
Large print nonfiction - LPN
Native American Interest - NAM
LC Subject Indians of North America - Wars - West (U.S.)
Indians of North America - West (U.S.) - History - 19th century
Massacres - West (U.S.) - History - 19th century
Large type books
Language English
Released 2006
Publication Info Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2006
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