Because of goodreads' lamentable and unwise intertwining with amazon.com, the edition of The Anti-Federalist Papers that I read, is not included in go...moreBecause of goodreads' lamentable and unwise intertwining with amazon.com, the edition of The Anti-Federalist Papers that I read, is not included in goodreads' list of books. So I somewhat arbitrarily selected this book as the one I "read," when in fact it was a different edition, invisible to the narrow eyes of goodreads' amazon collaborators. (less)
How different can the hardback and paperback editions be!? To have separate entries for each based on isbn – hardback vs. paperback – is absurd. This...moreHow different can the hardback and paperback editions be!? To have separate entries for each based on isbn – hardback vs. paperback – is absurd. This is taking Goodreads "relationship" with Amazon too venally far.
Meanwhile, the University of Nebraska Press is one of my favorite publishers and distributors of British Drama, American History, and Indian affairs. The books I have purchased from them on subjects related to the American Indians, and “Bison Press” in particular, have been beautifully written academic publications. I am less familiar yet with Caxton Press.
As far as the book itself, goes, I greatly appreciate the accounts of these later captivities. I have a large collection of books on Amerindians, their religion, culture, languages, and so on. I have a few books of reprinted accounts of Indian captivities that occurred in pre-colonial times - a time when some of my own ancestors sought to kill each other (two of them failed, otherwise. . .) - and there are deeds done in those battles as horrific as recounted in the collection laboriously gathered by Gregory and Susan Michno.
The Michnos have collected tales of captivities of more recent vintage -1830-1889 to be precise. They have also displayed personal courage. If I may quote from their introduction, you will get a sense of what I mean. After confessing their work is out of harmony with current standards of political correctness, they explain, “The stories are replete with details of killing, mutilation, abuse, and rape. There is no particular joy in relating what the captives experienced, but there is a need for it. Over the past several decades there has been a dramatic shift in perception about old heroes and villains. Today, white Americans are depicted as savage and greedy barbarians, while the Indians are said to have lived in peace with ecological wisdom. . . . In this collection we hope to illustrate the real threat that Indians posed on the frontier – a menace that should not be denied through sugarcoated history.”
Over the years I have gained a particular fondness for those with the courage to go against the currents of historical revisionism that began at least as far back as the 1940s. The baffled disbelief and misdirected complaints inevitably to be ranted from the pens of revision-limited intellects, is both amusing and frustrating. History shows that this circus plays back and forth, with little view on the horizon that it will ever cease. The Michnos provide serious horsemanship to separate us from the revisionism of the clowns and jugglers in this recurring circus. (less)
Not especially well written, but interesting, thought-provoking and occasionally humorous. He reviews what he said in his previous book that has prove...moreNot especially well written, but interesting, thought-provoking and occasionally humorous. He reviews what he said in his previous book that has proven to be correct.(less)