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Kit Carson: The Life of an American Border Man
by David Remley
History has portrayed Christopher "Kit" Carson in black and white. Best known as a nineteenth-century frontier hero, he has been represented more recently as an Indian killer responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Navajos. Biographer David Remley counters these polarized views, finding Carson to be less than a mythical hero, but more than a simpleminded rascal with a ri ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by University of Oklahoma Press
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I expected this to be an academic read, filled with references, inane details and minutia but instead it was a fascinated look at a little-known American hero. Instead of flying through the book I found myself rationing. It certainly gave me a window in on the period especially the Civil War as fought out West. Not for everyone but a must-read if you love history.
Kit is my 5th great uncle, so I read this with great fascination. He lived during an amazing time in our country. There are those who believe he was anti-Native American, but from what I read, I cannot find this true. He had two Native American wives and had at least two children with them. Sadly only 1 child lived to maturity. He in spite of being illiterate spoke several languages, Spanish, Ute, and other Plains Indian languages. He was called upon to serve many times by the U.S. government, ...more
Remley attempts to provide a balanced view of Kit Carson's life. For the most part he succeeds. We see many positive attributes of a man who was reputed to be a stone cold killer. In the end he one on the the Native American Indian's most loyal proponents.
A very well done, balanced, credible biography of an important and admirable western character by an author with serious academic credentials. I most enjoyed Remley's descriptions of Carson's travels with General Fremont. Some may feel Carson nothing but an unrepentant Indian killer--The author takes pains to debunk the simplistic view, placing Carson within his own 19th century context and reminding the reader of Carson's complexity as opposed to dime-novel heroism. The discussion of his changi ...more
This was a book I struggled through. I received it in a group of history books I purchased and thought it would be a good read. It is quite detailed in the life of Kit Carson and all of that detail made it a tough read. Carson is not a historical person of interest to me which I'm sure affected my rating of this book. If you are interested in the life of Kit Carson, I would recommend you give this book a try, but if you are just looking for an entertaining book to read, this is not that book.