Shadows at Dawn by Karl Jacoby
A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History

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A masterful reconstruction of one of the worst Indian massacres in American history

In April 1871, a group of Americans, Mexicans, and Tohono O?odham Indians surrounded an Apache village at dawn and murdered nearly 150 men, women, and children in their sleep. In the past century the attack, which came to be known as the Camp Grant Massacre, has largely faded from memory. Now, drawing on oral histories, contemporary newspaper reports, and the participants? own accounts, prize-winning author Karl Jacoby brings this perplexing incident and tumultuous era to life to paint a sweeping panorama of the American Southwest?a world far more complex, diverse, and morally ambiguous than the traditional portrayals of the Old West.


 

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KARL JACOBY is an associate professor of history at Brown University. He is the author of The Hidden History of American Conservatism, which won the American Historical Association's major prize for the best book on American law and society. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.PATRICIA NELSON LIMERICK is a professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder and chair of the Board of the Center of the American West. Her books include The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
 
Published November 3, 2009 by Penguin Books. 384 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Crimes Against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation, 2001) observes, the so-called Camp Grant Massacre, which took place on April 30, 1871, outside of Tucson, “is neither the biggest nor the best known of the flurry of brutal massacres of American ...

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By recounting the events from the perspective of each of the four parties involved, Jacoby challenges the dominance of the American version of the western story and also reveals the way each group has remembered, or forgotten, the massacre.

Prodigiously researched and powerfully written, ...

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