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A Fate Worse Than Death: Indian Captivities in the West, 1830-1885by Gregory Michno
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One of the greatest dangers on the 19th century western frontier was the threat of capture by Indians. Natives took thousands of prisoners. Some were assimilated, others died or were killed. Others were eventually rescued by force or through payment of ransom. But even those who returned to their communities bore the scars of their experiences for the rest of their lives - lives often shortened by the physical and mental abuse they suffered. This book, the result of years of research, is the most extensive collection ever assembled of what it was like to be an Indian captive in the West. Covering captivities in virtually all regions of the West, with special emphasis on Texas, this is both a record of human brutality and a testament to the durability of the human spirit.
Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press
Captivity narratives have been a standard genre of writings about Native Americans of the East for several centuries. Until now, the West has been almost entirely neglected. Now Gregory and Susan Michno have rectified that with this painstakenly researched collection of vivid and often brutal accounts of what happened to those men and women and children that were captured by marauding Indians during the settlement of the West.
About the Author
Gregory Michno attended Michigan State University and did post-graduate work at the University of Northern Colorado. An award-winning author, he has written dozens of articles and a number of books dealing with WWII and the American West. Susan Michno is also a graduate of Michigan State and has published numerous articles. This is their first project together.
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