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Rotting Face: Smallpox and the American Indian

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Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press
The smallpox epidemic of 1837-1838 forever changed the tribes of the Northern Plains. Before it ran out of human fuel, the disease claimed twenty thousand souls. R. G. Robertson tells the story of this deadly virus with modern implications.
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Caxton Press
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Aug 07, 2010 Matt rated it did not like it
This is the absolute worst book I've read dealing with issues or history revolving around Native people. The book is written in the most stereotypical language I have heard of being used in the last 30+ years with derogatory comments regarding supposedly inherent "scalping behaviors", general lifestyle, ignorance of American Indians not simply in not knowing but not being able to understand things, etc. I really hated reading this book because it kinda pissed me off. I was hoping for something g ...more
May 24, 2011 Zorki1c rated it it was amazing
The academic elite won't have any use for this book because the author dispels the myth that Whites tried to kill off the Indians with smallpox--in fact that was the last thing the fur traders wanted to do. Robertson takes readers through the history of the disease and details how one sick crewman on one steamboat going up the Missouri River forever changed the balance of power among the tribes of the northern plains.

Probably the best book ever written on this subject. If you don't enjoy this b
Apr 24, 2013 Wonderlandkat rated it liked it
I have really mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it's beautifully researched and on a topic that there isn't much on. On the other hand, the writing leaves something to be desired (awkward, racist)....

E.g. "Having witnessed the death and misery brought about by the disease, the tribes along the central Missouri willingly extended their arms, eager for any white-made magic that would save them from the rotting face."

Um yeah. Also couldn't stop randomly interjecting rotting face for a c
Emily Brown
Nov 14, 2008 Emily Brown rated it did not like it
Shelves: science, history
terribly written, very boring, not really about small pox, but very detailed descriptions of the trading posts.
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