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Shadows at dawn : a borderlands massacre and the violence of history
Karl Jacoby
Adult Nonfiction E83.866 .J33 2008

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From Publishers' Weekly:

On April 30, 1871, a posse of Americans, Mexicans and Tohono O'odham Indians descended upon an Apache camp in Arizona and massacred some 150 of its sleeping inhabitants, mostly women and children. Jacoby (Crimes Against Nature), an associate professor of history at Brown University, re-examines what happened in the notorious Camp Grant Massacre and its aftermath in an original way. An unusual wealth of documents about this raid allow him to narrate from four different angles, each centering on a community involved in the massacre, thereby offering a view of the histories, fears and motivations of each group. Some readers might prefer a more conventional and chronological narrative, but Jacoby's structure succeeds in leading readers "toward a deeper revisioning of the American past." Jacoby wants readers to consider the West not just as the seat of America's Manifest Destiny, but as an "extension of the Mexican north and... the homeland of a complex array of Indian communities." For buffs more accustomed to traditional tales of Custer and Wounded Knee, this telling might prove an unexpected delight. Illus. (Nov. 24) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

On April 30, 1871, a group made up of Arizona civilians, Tohono O'odham, and Mexicans slaughtered approximately 150 sleeping Apache, most of whom were women and children. Through this atrocity, dubbed the Camp Grant Massacre, Jacoby (history, Brown Univ.; Crimes Against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation) explores the role of violence in shaping the settlement of the southwestern portion of the present-day United States. He traces the history of the four groups involved in the massacre to show how both real and perceived grievances against the Apache led such ethnically and culturally diverse peoples as Americans, Mexicans, and Tohono O'odham to set aside their differences and turn to unmitigated barbarity. This deftly constructed historical work demonstrates that what appears to have been a minor event can in fact illuminate important historical truths that should not be forgotten. Jacoby's superbly researched monograph is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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