- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 20, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1545480613
- ISBN-13: 978-1545480618
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth: Mountaineer, Scout, and Pioneer, and Chief of the Crow Nation of Indians Paperback – April 20, 2017
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So feel free to believe the current blither about how the white people destroyed some kind of Indian utopia situation (this is not to excuse what the whites did do). The eyewitness autobiography of Beckwourth reveals that they were flawed people just like everyone else. After reading this, I wondered how there could have been hardly any Indians around for the whites to dispossess. They were killing so many of each other.
The book reads easy. It is not "old fashioned" writing. However, it is not comforting evening reading. It is graphic, but very interesting. Read it if you want to get a first hand account of life in the early 1800's.
I find it interesting that Beckwourth doesn't refer to himself as a black man. He seems to include himself in with the whites. One of the reasons I bought this book was the fact that this is one of the only accounts of a black mountain man's life. That aspect plays little role in Beckwourth's account. Don't buy this book if you want someone referring to black pride. He doesn't do it.
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