The Nearly 400 Year Confrontation Between The Native Peoples Of The Western Hemisphere And The White Settlers From Europe Was Marked From First To Last By The Newcomers Conviction That They Were Entitled By Cultural Superiority, Moral Enlightenment, And God S Grace To Displace The Primitive Inhabitants And Make The Land Their Own.Among The Last Places In North America Where This Stark Racial Collision Played Itself Out Was The Bountiful Puget Sound Region In What Was Then Known As The Washington Territory In The Northwestern Corner Of The United States There, Thanks To Moderate Climate, Sheltering Mountain Ranges, Lush Forests, Crystal Pure Waterways Teeming With Wildlife, And The Absence Of Predatory Neighbors, The Local Tribes Had Prospered In Their Remote Paradise For Some 10,000 Years.All That Suddenly Ended In The Middle Of The Nineteenth Century When A Proud, Retired Young U.S Army Major, An Engineer With High Political Ambitions, Was Appointed The First Governor Of Newly Acquired, 100,000 Square Mile Washington Territory Isaac Ingalls Stevens S Primary Task Was To Persuade The Natives That Their Only Hope For Survival Was To Sign Treaties Handing Over Their Ancestral Lands To The American Government In Exchange For Protection From Oncoming Whites Eager To Turn The Wilderness Into Crop Land But One Tribal Chief At Puget Sound, Leschi Of The Nisqually Nation, Insisted That His People Be Dealt With Fairly And Not Coerced Into Surrendering Virtually Their Entire Sacred Homeland Without Just Compensation The Bitter Waters Of Medicine Creek Is The Emblematic Story Of This Confrontation Between The Headstrong American Governor And The Defiant Leader Of The Nisquallies And Their Brethren Who Resisted Him And, In Doing So, Stirred Up The Gross Abuse Of Power And The Licensing Of Injustice On Our Last Frontier.Here Is Richard Kluger S Poignant Rendering Of The Tragic Relationship Between The Red And White Races, Told In Graphic Detail Our Social Literature Abounds With Accounts Of How Racist Degradation Was Visited On The Far Numerous Black And Hispanic Americans Yet The Nation S Self Righteous, Methodical Dispossession Of The Indians Has Been Largely Dismissed By Whites As The Sad But Inevitable Price Of Social And Technological Progress Through The Experience Of A Single Tribe, The Bitter Waters Of Medicine Creek Seeks To Clarify The Historical Record It Also Tells, In A Hopeful Epilogue, The Latest Chapter Of The Nisqually Tribe S Struggle To Endure Amid The Mounting Pressures Of Twenty First Century Modernity.
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- 352 pages
- The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek
- Richard Kluger
- 24 October 2018 Richard Kluger