Homesteaders and Indians

Homesteaders and Indians

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  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 190 x 220mm
  • United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 0531007340
  • 9780531007341

Review Text

For younger children, this is a first - an attempt to divest the confrontation between homesteaders and Indians of its battle dress and put it in the context of social, economic and political history. But simply and concretely, in terms of individual land ownership vs. god-given tribal occupation; or, later, of the buffalo as source of food, clothing, shelter vs. buffalo slaughtered solely for their choice parts (the tongue was a particular delicacy) or wholesale for financial gain (when a way to soften the skin was found and buffalo coats became fashionable). Uncommon attention is paid too to the blacks, whether as settlers, cowboys, or soldiers; that there were also all-black settlements, successful until they exerted power, is exemplified by little-known Boley, Oklahoma. Withal life on the prairie takes shape - in "Sod houses and Claim Shanties," via technological assists ("Barbed Wire and Sewing Machines" and window screens), through "Bad Times" (drought, grasshoppers, blizzards); and concomitantly the lndian retreats as "The United States Army Moves West," resists under "Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce," Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. While much necessarily remains undeveloped here, the sweep has a firm conceptual and factual basis. Note should be taken finally of the excellent contemporary illustrations (their why and wherefores separately noted): impact is the word all around. (Kirkus Reviews)
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