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Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History

by Karl Jacoby

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The background of the massacre from the point of view of each of the four ethnic groups involved: Mexican, "American," Apace and Tohono O'odham. Extremely well-researched, but popularly written. Not so much a look at "who was to blame," but how the tragedy grew out of the various cultures that came together at Camp Grant in a violent outburst. If one were to read one book to get the facts and feel of the event, this would be it.
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Camp Grant massacre in 1871 at Aravaipa Canyon, Arizona. Four dry histories of Mexicans, Pima indians, Anglos, other Apache clans leading to slaughter of Apache women, children and sale of surviving youngsters.
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Predawn, April 30, 1871, a party of Americans, Mexicans, and Tohono O'odham Indians gathered outside an Apache camp in the Arizona borderlands. At first light they struck, murdering nearly 150 Apaches, mostly women and children, in their sleep. In its day, the atrocity, known as the Camp Grant Massacre, generated unparalleled national attention--federal investigations, heated debate in the press, and a tense criminal trial. This was the era of the United States' "peace policy" toward Indians, and the Apaches had been living on a would-be reservation, under the supposed protection of the U.S. Army. President Grant decried the act as "purely murder," but American settlers countered that the distant U.S. government had failed to protect them from Apache attacks. The massacre has since largely faded from memory. Now, drawing on oral histories, newspaper reports, and participants' accounts, author Karl Jacoby brings this horrific incident and tumultuous era to life.--From publisher description.… (more)

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