Moving away from the academic and towards the humanity involved, Kelman also lays forth how historical trauma and debate impacts successive generations. Full disclosure — I contacted Kelman before the book came out and he was kind enough to share the TOC with me so I could plan my syllabus before the book came out.
So, he did win some brownie points with me on that account. Since, our communication has been friendly, and he seems like an all-around good guy.
It really is top-notch scholarship and helps bring a nineteenth century topic fully into the present. IT underscores how history is very much alive with us today, and that it matters. Complete coincidence, I swear.
This is powerful stuff. I heartily recommend the book to anyone interested in Western history, Native peoples, or the politics of memory. Advanced Search. Article Navigation. Close mobile search navigation Article Navigation.
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A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sand Creek
Sign in. You could not be signed in. For Chivington, the engagement was heroic, a defeat of likely Confederate sympathizers, Indians who had terrorized the frontier. For George Bent, witness and survivor, the massacre at Sand Creek constituted a cultural catastrophe. These three competing narratives developed in the immediate wake of Sand Creek, and they persist more than years later.
Notwithstanding broad agreement on the geographical dimensions of the site, interpreting events proved remarkably contentious. Traditional historians, ethnographers, archaeologists and cartographers all figured into the effort to memorialize Sand Creek. While Kelman makes his sympathies clear, he mostly plays it straight in presenting the various clashing viewpoints.
The Sand Creek Massacre, he notes, had its origins in the fight for control of the West.
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The tortured cultural and political struggle to properly remember it resulted in the st unit of the National Park Service. Vividly captures the controversy and pain that accompanied this reopening of a dark chapter in American history. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent!