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The Indian Frontier of the American West, 1846-1890 (Histories of the American Frontier)

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The dramatic events of the final half-century of conflict between Indians and whites in the American West are presented here as a history of two peoples seemingly destined never to understand each other. Utley interprets this conflict from a dual perspective: re-creating events from the Indian viewpoint while also providing an objective appraisal of why the ...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published February 1st 1984 by University of New Mexico Press (first published 1984)
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Dec 14, 2009 =====D rated it it was ok
this book is pretty evil, and at the same time it is full of stuff i didn't know, so i read the whole thing, nauseous. I would love to quote a passage in entirety to show the bigotry of it, but i don't have it in front of me. in a word, the book's premise, that frontier relations were characterized by mutual incomprehension on the part of indians and whites is belied by the narratives presented in the book itself: they tell overwhelmingly of the one-sided dispossession and extermination of ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Alison rated it it was ok

This book had good information in it but what he said in his introduction bothered me. The author began by criticizing Dee Brown's Bury My Heart At Wounded knee foe only telling Native American western history from a Native American perspective, and that he was too critical of whites. While revisionist history often crosses lines Brown's book is an example of a group taking back their history. This tainted the rest of the book for me. For example he said the missionaries were the best thing to
Nov 16, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it
I do not think that the White Man and the Indians did not understand each other. The Indians knew that they were being pushed out and going to reservations. The White Man had a clear understanding of they wanted the Indians gone. Every promise we made them we broke. I know first hand the Indians did not like the missionaries sent to them as they wanted to retain the customs they had.
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Sep 10, 2015 Charlie Newfell rated it liked it
Lots of information, and the closing of the frontier is filled with fascinating details, stories and atrocities. This account doesn't take advantage of any of it. It is ...dry. Could have been so much better.
Fredrick Danysh
Utley does another excellent job writing about the American Indian Wars. The frontier was constantly moving westward as the nation expanded. The author covers the period from the Mexican-American War to just prior to the turn of the century. A good read.
Great history book with eye-opening account of how the whites treated the Indians in America. Even their best intentions led to terrible results.
Sad story. Highly recommended.
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Robert Marshall Utley is an author and historian who has written sixteen books on the history of the American West. He was a former chief historian of the National Park Service. Fellow historians commend Utley as the finest historian of the American frontier in the 19th century.

The Western History Association annually gives out the Robert M. Utley Book Award for the best book published on the mili
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