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(Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West 1846-1890.pdf) 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 Mormons slaughtering a party of American settlers including women and children br br 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 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 br br In Larry McMurtry s own words br br I have visited all but one of these famous massacre sites the Sacramento River massacre of is so forgotten that its site near the northern California village of Vina can only be approximated It is no surprise to report that none of the sites are exactly pleasant places to be though the Camp Grant site north of Tucson does have a pretty community college nearby In general the taint that followed the terror still lingers and is still powerful enough to affect locals who happen to live nearby None of the massacres were effectively covered up though the Sacramento River massacre was overlooked for a very long time br br But the lesson if it is a lesson is that blood in time and often not that much time will out In case after case the dead have managed to assert a surprising potency br br The deep constant apprehension which neither the pioneers nor the Indians escaped has it seems to me been too seldom factored in by historians of the settlement era though certainly it saturates the diary literature of the pioneers particularly the diary literature produced by frontier women who were of course the likeliest candidates for rapine and kidnapDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West 1846-1890 books for multiple devices.