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The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History Paperback – March 29, 2004
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The first part of the book is a long attempt at creating historical context usually returning to contemporary liberal themes whether or not those themes have much to do with the actual topic. It can be safely replaced by much better works such as Madsen's. No new research is provided and her confessed disdain for a reasonable system of footnoting makes it useless for anyone doing any research of note. Her propensity for trying to hunt down modern social themes becomes trying in short order and makes this section a long slog without much value in the journey. She does rightly identify the majority of the sociological issues surrounding the Bear River Massacre, but her shallow knowledge of a number of those factors is apparent. In some cases she relies too much on one source and in others she gives too little credence to more reliable sources.
The only real value in the work is her interviews with and vignettes of others who are more informed on the topic. This is found in the second section of the book and is somewhat useful for understanding the biases of researchers in evaluating the more relevant and better researched works. However, even here the writer forces herself into the story and somehow finds a way to make everything about herself. She is endlessly interested in her own story and how it relates to the events in 1863 when in fact she has no real direct ties to it. Her biases and agendas litter the pages as she wanders back and forth trying to find what it all means to her. It's self-absorption personified and completely unnecessary.Read more ›
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