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The Oatman Massacre: A Tale of Desert Captivity and Survival

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The Oatman massacre is among the most famous and dramatic captivity stories in the history of the Southwest. In this riveting account, Brian McGinty explores the background, development, and aftermath of the tragedy.

Roys Oatman, a dissident Mormon, led his family of nine and a few other families from their homes in Illinois on a journey west, believing a prophecy that they would find the fertile “Land of Bashan” at the confluence of the Gila and Colorado Rivers. On February 18, 1851, a band of southwestern Indians attacked the family on a cliff overlooking the Gila River in present-day Arizona. All but three members of the family were killed. The attackers took thirteen-year-old Olive and eight-year-old Mary Ann captive and left their wounded fourteen-year-old brother Lorenzo for dead.

Although Mary Ann did not survive, Olive lived to be rescued and reunited with her brother at Fort Yuma.

On Olives return to white society in 1857, Royal B. Stratton published a book that sensationalized the story, and Olive herself went on lecture tours, telling of her experiences and thrilling audiences with her Mohave chin tattoos.

Ridding the legendary tale of its anti-Indian bias and questioning the historic notion that the Oatmans attackers were Apaches, McGinty explores the extent to which Mary Ann and Olive may have adapted to life among the Mohaves and charts Olives eight years of touring and talking about her ordeal.

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A riveting account of a legendary tragedy. The Oatman Massacre is among the most famous and dramatic captivity stories in the history of the Southwest.

About the Author

Brian McGinty is an independent scholar and writer specializing in American history and law. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806137704
Author:
Mcginty, Brian
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
McGinty, Brian
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Southwest
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 b&w illus., 9 line drawings, 2 maps
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.56x5.58x.59 in. .70 lbs.

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Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Americana » Captivity Tales
History and Social Science » Americana » Southwest
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History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » World History » General

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