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A Misplaced Massacre by Ari Kelman
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This is probably not everybody's cup of tea, but I found it really interesting. In 1864 a group of Union troops and Colorado militia attacked some encampments of Cheyenne and Arapaho bands in southeastern Colorado, who believed they were under American protection, killing probably around 150-160 mostly women, children, and elderly natives. The event was controversial from the beginning. What happened; was it a battle or a massacre; why did it happen? What were its consequences for the Indian white relations in the next decades. There was no consensus on these and other questions. But this book isn't the usual historian's effort to figure out what happened or what they various narratives mean. It's rather about the effort in the very recent past to put the site in the National Park Service as the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. It's about the clash between memory and history; about right versus left; about the politics of commemoration; about is a national narrative possible; and more. I venture to predict that anyone who finds themes of this sort of interest will be glad they gave some time to this book.

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