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Monday, April 26, 2010

It's Monday, What are You Reading? Savages & Scoundrels

It's Monday, What are You Reading?

This is the seventh entry for this meme, suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books.

I am currently reading "Savages & Scoundrels: The Untold Story of America's Road to Empire Through Indian Territory" by Paul VanDevlder

From the Book Description: Paul VanDevelder takes as his focal point the epic federal treaty ratified in 1851 at Horse Creek, formally recognizing perpetual ownership by a dozen Native American tribes of 1.1 million square miles of the American West. The astonishing and shameful story of this broken treaty—one of 371 Indian treaties signed during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—reveals a pattern of fraudulent government behavior that again and again displaced Native Americans from their lands. VanDevelder describes the path that led to the genocide of the American Indian; those who participated in it, from cowboys and common folk to aristocrats and presidents; and how the history of the immoral treatment of Indians through the twentieth century has profound social, economic, and political implications for America even today.

Early on he suggests: "It was in twelfth-century Europe that a succession of brilliant Catholic popes ... also created the laws that enabled them to send crusading armies into the Holy Lands to confiscate territory..." Well researched and documented, I am interested in seeing more of the detail that is promised.

Happy Reading!  

Bill  ;-)

Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
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  1. Bill,

    Love the cover of the book, gives the feeling of the time period just before you jump into it.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  2. Dr. Bill...sounds like a great read. You'd probably enjoy The War Lovers about Roosevelt and Hearst...I just reviewed it and it's pretty amazing. I love when history comes alive...

    I just started Black's Elegy for April as well as The Abyss of Human Illusion. One lightweight, one deep....should be fun!

  3. Nice to hear from each of you. Thanks for suggestions. ;-)

  4. Sounds like a very interesting read! Hope you have a great week!
    Natalie :0)

  5. This sounds like a great book. I've been watching the History Channel's special on the history of United States and was especially fascinated by the story of the Quakers when they befriended the Native Americans. But right now I'm living in the medieval era through a book entitled, "Power of a Woman," which is told through the very interesting Eleanor of Aquitaine (remember the Lion in the Winter with Kate Hepburn?). I think this book should be a movie it's so good. You should check it out!