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Indian, Soldier, Settler (The Gateway series) Paperback – June, 1979

ISBN-13: 978-0931056017 ISBN-10: 0931056012 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: The Gateway series
  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Jefferson Natl Expansion Historical; First Edition edition (June 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931056012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931056017
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,096,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Digbee VINE VOICE on September 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Utley begins with an interesting idea - - to tell the story of the West in the 19th century through the eyes of three ordinary people. He chooses an Indian, a soldier, and a settler. Unfortunately, the individuals he chooses provides a very loaded history of the American West, one with moral implications for our understanding of events. Other choices would likely have been biased in other ways, but it is still important to realize the consequences of Utley's choices.

His Indian is Dewey Beard, a survivor of the Wounded Knee massacre who also fought at Little Bighorn as a fourteen year-old. His soldier is William D. Drown, who saw a little action in retaliatory raids but mostly monotony on the plains. His settlers are Sophia and Catherine German, kidnapped, captured, and raped by Indians before being freed.

Meditate a bit on choosing people from the other side of those stories instead - - a soldier shooting Indian women and children at Wounded Knee, an Apache who raided cattle in New Mexico, or the Indians who captured the German sisters. Or imagine choosing a garrison soldier at Fort Davis who sees no action, a family who successfully reaches Oregon, or a member of the "Laramie Loafer" band of Indians who preferred dependence on whites to fighting for their historic culture. Or imagine looking at individuals outside Utley's purview - - scientists and explorers from George Catlin to George Bird Grinnell; mountain men such as John Colter; a Mormon handcart-pusher; Pueblo Indians; a Mexican cowboy in New Mexico; gold miners in Colorado or the Black Hills; or an outlaw on a stagecoach route.

Utley's choices focus sharply on conflict in the Northern Plains, with soldiers and Indians equally culpable for violence.
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