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A fate worse than death; Indian captivities in the West, 1830-1885.


A fate worse than death; Indian captivities in the West, 1830-1885.

Michno, Gregory and Susan Michno.

Caxton Press


527 pages




Michigan natives Gregory and Susan Michno have researched western history together for many years, and between them, written numerous books and articles; this is their first joint publication. Using military and newspaper reports, and family histories and interviews with people captured by Indians, the Michnos have assembled a collection of 100-plus graphic accounts of what it was like to be an Indian captive in the West--how the individuals became prisoners, how they survived, and the effects of their captivity on their later lives. The material is grouped into nine chronological and geographical chapters: revolutionary Texas; Republican Texas; wagon trains, emigrants and travelers; pre-Civil War Texas; the Minnesota uprising; Civil War years; the Central Plains; Reconstruction Texas; and the last captives. Illustrated with b&w photographs. Indexed primarily by name.

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Date:May 1, 2007
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