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Rotting Face Hardcover – March 1, 2001
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The term rotting face refers to the confluent pustules that were a common symptom of the variola major strain of smallpox in Native American communities. Robertson, a retired businessman and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, examines how this horrifying disease decimated Native American populations in the Americas by telling its story in two parts. The odd-numbered chapters examine in sobering detail an outbreak of smallpox on the Upper Missouri River in 1837-38 that killed an estimated 20,000 Native Americans, most of whom were Arickaras, Blackfeet, Hidatsas, or Mandans. The even-numbered chapters broadly assess the impact of smallpox throughout the Americas, offering a survey that, unfortunately, pales in comparison to the detailed Upper Missouri River case study. Academic and public libraries needing an excellent continental survey to complement this recommended work should also purchase Noble D. Cook's Born To Die: Disease & New World Conquest (1492-1650) (Cambridge Univ., 1998). Academic libraries should also consider Disease & Demography in the Americas (Smithsonian Inst., 1992), edited by John W. Verano and Douglas Ubelaker. John Burch, Campbellsville Univ., KY
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<div>"The term rotting face refers to the confluent pustules that were a common symptom of the variola major strain of smallpox in Native American communities. Robertson, a retired businessman and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, examines how this horrifying disease decimated Native American populations in the Americas by telling its story in two parts." Library Journal</div> (Library Journal)
<div>"An important and readable contribution to Indian and western American history." Robert M. Utley</div> (Robert M. Utley)
<div>"Highly recommended reading for anyone with an interest in Native American history, as well as the history of deadly diseases." The Midwest Book Review</div> (Midwest Book Review)
<div>"This is a fascinating presentation on a highly distasteful subject. . . . this book has gained an eerie new significance." Statesman Journal, Dan Hays</div> (Dan Hays Statesman Journal) --Library Journal
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But two chapters stand out for me that make the book a real home run... The chapter on the history of small pox is nothing short of spooky. I knew it was a real killer and no fun to have. But what did it mean to really have small pox, to know if you survived your children probably wouldn't. The physical and psychological scars you would certainly have to live with the rest of your life. The beginning of the book has a quotation from the famous Mandan chief Four Bears about his hatred of the white man for bringing the small pox scourge to the Missouri.
The other chapter I liked was the ins and outs of using steam paddle wheel boats on the Missouri and Mississippi.Everyone is aware that they operated but I had no idea it was such a dangerous and chancy endeavor. Very enlightening.
Robertson tracks every step of the epidemic as smallpox attacked " like a scythe mowing the summer hay." I appreciate the attention to detail in everything from the fur trade hierarchy, to smallpox symptoms to an Indian chief's attire. However, at times the author's pain-staking details prove to be a fault and make for tedious periods in the book.
In addition, the work is written for the general public as essential terms applicable to smallpox and Indian history are clearly defined. Robertson does plainly admit some potential inaccuracies in his statistics and references due to an incomplete record of Native American history. Although he makes this disclaimer, he makes many assumptions and relates them in the format of " No doubt Chardon felt..." and "No doubt Chardon thought...", a bit of an excessive liberty in my opinion.
Despite the criticisms, I would recommend this book because it adds an untold piece to the puzzle of smallpox history and American history.