By Stewart L. Udall
Former secretary of the inner and local westerner Stewart L. Udall attracts on wide examine and his great wisdom of and adventure within the American West to supply a provocative new examine probably the most vital chapters of yankee historical past. He provides a desirable and wide-ranging evaluate of western background and those that have written approximately it, difficult traditional knowledge on topics starting from show up future to the significance of japanese capitalists to the position of faith in westward payment.
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Additional info for The Forgotten Founders: Rethinking The History Of The Old West
Early interactions between Indians and invading Europeans in the Southwest and then, quite independently, in the East set many of the patterns that would be carried over to later encounters in the American West. The first extensive contacts between Europeans and Indians occurred between and when two separate Spanish exploring parties, one led by Hernando de Soto and the other by Coronado, conducted far-ranging inland investigations that stretched from Florida north to the Carolinas, along the Mississippi River, into Arkansas, and through eastern California.
This decision was turned to ashes, however, when an obdurate president flouted the nation’s Constitution. In a startling display of contempt for the Supreme Court—and for the rights of American Indians—President Jackson scoffed at the Court’s decision. ” Ignoring the oath he had taken to uphold the Constitution, Jackson advised Georgia’s officials to use terror tactics to win what they had lost in the courts of law. “Build a fire under them,” he counseled. ” The outcome was the infamous ,-mile forced march the Cherokees called the Trail of Tears.
But most of all, the European invaders were impressed by the orderliness and cohesion of Pueblo culture. In a letter to the king of Spain, Coronado reported that the Zunis were highly intelligent, and he praised their dignity and the discipline that governed their lives. His scribe, Pedro de Castañeda, added these words to describe their religion and the social behavior it inculcated: They do not have chiefs as in New Spain [Mexico] but are ruled by a council of the oldest men. They have priests who .
The Forgotten Founders: Rethinking The History Of The Old West by Stewart L. Udall