Synopses & Reviews
A prize-winning historian of America's westward expansion, Paula Mitchell Marks, presents the first comprehensive account of how the United States government and white settlers collaborated to seize the land on which the Native Americans had lived for centuries. Her tragic and appalling story covers all regions of the country, beginning in 1607 and ending in the present. It offers a startling narrative of what happened to this country's original settlers and dramatically illustrates how their attempts to adapt to an alien culture were thwarted by betrayals and power plays that still affect their descendants. The book not only recreates such famous events as the Trail of Tears and the Battle of Little Big Horn, but even more tellingly rediscovers forgotten policies and little-known heroes and villains.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -434) and index.
About the Author
Paula Mitchell Marks is a major historian of the American West whose last book, Precious Dust, won the Western Writers of America Award for the best nonfiction book of 1994. A Ph.D. in American civilization from the University of Texas, she now serves as associate dean of the New College Program and as associate professor of American studies at St. Edward's University in Austin. Active in writers' and historical organizations, she is also a board member of the Texas Institute of Letters and a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association. She and her husband, Alan, and daughter, Carrie, live in Buda, Texas.