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384 pages, Paperback
First published November 20, 2008
"Although the Camp Grant Massacre receives little mention in most histories of the United States, my goal in the pages that follow is not simply to persuade readers that they need to add one more event to the canon of American history. Rather, I hope that encountering this incident will lead readers toward a deeper revisioning of the American past. The seeming inevitability of the western story -- Manifest Destiny, U.S. national expansion, Indian loss of land and independence -- has long desensitized us to both the region's violence and its other ways of being. Once we begin to think of the West not only as the 'West' - the trans-Mississippian portion of the United States -- but as an extension of the Mexican north and as the homeland of a complex array of Indian communities, we allow far different narratives about this space to emerge."