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1 Kluger, Richard The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek A Tragic Clash between White and Native America
0307268896 / 9780307268891; This book is a bold and long-overdue clarification of the historical record of an American tragedy presenting, through the experiences of one tribe, the history of Native American suffering and injustice. It is the story of a compelling conflict that unfolds in the newly created Washington Territory from 1853 to 1857. Washington's first governor, Isaac Stevens, had one goal: To persuade the Indians of the Puget Sound region to turn over their ancestral lands to the federal government, peacefully if posible. In return, they were to be consigned to reservations that were unsuitable for any traditional means of sustenance. The result was an outbreak of violence and rebellion, a tragic episode of frontier oppression and injustice. Stevens' program impacted the Nisqually tribe, whose chief, Leschi, sparked the native resistance movement. He was determined to regain the land at any cost and his hasty treaty negotiations with the Indians inflamed his opponents. Leschi unwittingly turned his tribe - and himself most of all - into victims of the governor's relentless wrath. The conflict between these two complicated and driven men, enormously at odds with each other, had echoes far into the future. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 333 pages
Alfred A. Knopf
New York, 2011, First Edition
Hardcover
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