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Cynthia Ann Parker: The Life and the Legend (Southwestern Studies #92)

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Although Cynthia Ann Parker never recounted her experiences as a captive of the Comanches (1836-60), her story is probably the most familiar of all the pioneer women captured by Indians in the Southwest. Margaret Hacker's five years of research have produced a balanced and dependable account of this tragic story.
Paperback, 52 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Texas Western Pr
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The Reading Countess
Jul 19, 2013 The Reading Countess rated it it was amazing
Margaret Schmidt Hacker has left no stone unturned in this page-turning account of one of Texas' tragic victims of Native American-setter disputes. It boggles the mind to think she spent the first nine years of her life in a white society, twenty five in the Commanche fold, and her final ten again in the white society where she never assimilated and grieved for her former life. Her Indian chief husband, Peta Nacona, never took another wife besides Cynthia Ann. To the outsider, this was taken as ...more
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Oct 17, 2011 Cornmaven rated it it was amazing
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A Very short book, but a very sad one which details the capture and purported rescue of Cynthia Ann Parker from the Comanches in the 19th century. All the hatred of Indians is in here, the genocide, and the inability of women to make their own decisions. Hacker rightly talks about the two cultures both thinking themselves superior to the other. But it broke my heart to read that when Quanah Parker inquired about Cynthia's whereabouts many years after she had been 'rescued', the guy who knew ...more
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Jul 28, 2015 Kmkoppy rated it liked it
Good historical study, but not much information available about her daily life while she lived with the Comanches. A tragic ending to her life due her inability to assimilate into her original white family. Such a disservice to this woman who died so lonely.
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Jul 08, 2009 Barb rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book about a pioneer woman who was made captive of a Comanche group and became integrated into it, wishing to remain. The book is not very well written, but clearly presents a fascinating subject.
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Well researched essay on this remarkable an tragic woman.
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