Crimson Desert

Crimson Desert : Indian Wars of the American Southwest

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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 144.78 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 50ill.4M.
  • 019501829X
  • 9780195018295

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The federal government hesitated to pay the extra cost of cavalry troops, and Kit Carson thought the Navajos should be sold as slaves to the Ute Indians to save the expense of reservations, but the Navajos were subjugated in the first stage of the forty-year Southwestern battle. Comanches and Apaches remained more resistant. Faulk, a historian at Oklahoma State and an experienced writer, offers an intellectually and emotionally passive survey, compared with Dee Brown's The Westerners (KR, p. 771) and T.R. Fehrenbach's Comanches (KR, p. 776). He gives fuller biographies of white leaders than of indians, and both are superficial. When Faulk calls U.S. troops "ineffective" on this or that occasion, he often doesn't explain how or why. He is simply indolent when he says that hatred of the Indians "filtered down to the common man" from prejudiced "officials in high places"; as he shows, frontiersmen were the most impassioned opponents of the Indians while officialdom - even Jefferson Davis - tended to dodge the wholesale torture of settlers, and at the same time many administrators and commanders tried to curb unprovoked assaults by white Americans. Given the mounting availability of really engaging studies, this seems passable but inessential. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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