Conclusion: There is NO pleasant history of humankind. So just get on with it and read Claudio Saunt’s West of the Revolution, An Uncommon History of 1776.

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Why is it that people on one side of the globe think they have a right to the land of the people living on the other side of the earth?

Oh right–they’re all a bunch of greedy egocentric egomaniacs who are only interested in how to turn a profit. Yeah, I knew that.

Of course there’s genocide, racism and missionaries spreading misery in spades–but, there’s also the beaver trade and the Cuban connection too in West of the Revolution wherein Claudio Saunt fills history buffers in on what was going on elsewhere in North America during that war for some colonies’ economic independence from merry old England. This is an darkly entertaining and easy read with odd maps, chapter notes notes and a very strange illustration depicting beavers in action on page 129.  Saunt offers some very disturbing stories about human behavior on the part of everyone and a decided lack of brotherly love. Yeah, forget all the first Thanksgiving propaganda, it’s a no go in Alaska with the Russians and Aleuts. And Jesus Christ, what is it with the damn priests and their bad habits on west coast and the southwest? Some things just never change no matter what century you’re digging around in. I suppose that’s because human behavior doesn’t seem to be evolving for the better anywhere. I could, and might do, an in-depth review of this recent new book–but right now I’m settling for two thumbs up review mind mode. Why? Because I learned a few things, like why the Creeks tried so hard to get some real trade going with Cuba. They understood their dire economic situation quite well.  As for the Indians doing business with the Hudson Bay Company and others ~~ well, they could teach Wall Street a thing or two about insider trading of a certain sort.

And then there are those beavers and their dams . . . .  

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Charles Crow, Cherry Creek, 1922

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These documents and others like it are in the public domain. They reside in the National Archives branch in Kansas City, Missouri. They are from Record Group 75. They are posted in order to make them available to people who would otherwise have no access to the information. They are also posted in order to educate and inform others about living conditions on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota, in 1922.

Kills Plenty or Mrs. Charging Cloud, Cherry Creek, 1922

Kills Plenty or Mrs. Charging Cloud

 

Kills Plenty or Mrs. Charging Cloud p.2

 

These documents and others like it are in the public domain via the National Archives in Kansas City, Missouri. They can be found in Record Group 75. They are posted in order to make them available to people who would otherwise not have access to the information. They are also posted in order to inform and educate people regarding the living conditions on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota in 1922.

Wounded Knee ‘views’

Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee Grave
Wounded Knee Grave
Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee

Cemetery Hill

Cemetery Hill

 

Cemetery Hill

Cemetery Hill

 

Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee

 

 

BIA Historical Site Marker

BIA Historical Site Marker

 

BIA Historical Site Marker

BIA Historical Site Marker

 

The Flag Arrives

The Flag Arrives

 

To the East

To the East

 

South

South

 

Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee

 

Most photo ‘views’ were taken the morning of December 28, 2006.  Photos containing snow were taken on December 29, 2006. Some were taken from atop Cemetery Hill and others were taken ‘of’ Cemetery Hill–several from a distance in order to provide a sense of the  overall landscape.  The Historical Marker of Bigfoot’s surrender is not visible from Cemetery Hill.  It denotes a place further northeast along the ‘highway’. 

 

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Baptiste Spotted Rabbit, 1922 LaPlant

Baptiste Spotted Rabbit home & family 1922 LaPlant district Cheyenne River Indian Reservation

Baptiste Spotted Rabbit home & family 1922 LaPlant district Cheyenne River Indian Reservation

Baptiste Spotted Rabbit survey 1922

Baptiste Spotted Rabbit survey 1922

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