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Oh What a Slaughter - Massacres in the American West: 1846--1890

Larry McMurtry

Here are the true stories of the West's most terrible massacres-Sacramento River, Mountain Meadows, Sand Creek, Marias River, Camp Grant, and Wounded Knee, among others. These massacres involved Americans killing Indians, but also Indians killing Americans and, in the case of the currently hugely controversial Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857, Mormons slaughtering a party of American settlers, including women and children. McMurtry's evocative descriptions of these events recall their full horror, and the deep, constant apprehension and dread endured by both pioneers and Indians. By modern standards the death tolls were often small-Custer's defeat in 1876 was the only encounter to involve more than two hundred dead-yet in the thinly populated West of that time, the violent extinction of a hundred people had a colossal impact on all sides. Though the perpetrators often went unpunished, many guilty and traumatized men felt compelled to tell and retell the horror they had committed. Nephi Johnson, one of the participants in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, died crying "Blood, blood, blood!" McMurtry's powerful prose captures the gritty essence of this tumultuous and pivotal era, and the fascinating and remarkable men and women-American and Indian, celebrated and forgotten-who shaped the West, and would kill to keep it.

Here are the true stories of the West's most terrible massacres-Sacramento River, Mountain Meadows, Sand Creek, Marias River, Camp Grant, and Wounded Knee, among others. These massacres involved Americans killing Indians, but also Indians killing Americans and, in the case of the currently hugely controversial Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857, Mormons slaughtering a party of American settlers, including women and children. McMurtry's evocative descriptions of these events recall their full horror, and the deep, constant apprehension and dread endured by both pioneers and Indians. By modern standards the death tolls were often small-Custer's defeat in 1876 was the only encounter to involve more than two hundred dead-yet in the thinly populated West of that time, the violent extinction of a hundred people had a colossal impact on all sides. Though the perpetrators often went unpunished, many guilty and traumatized men felt compelled to tell and retell the horror they had committed. Nephi Johnson, one of the participants in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, died crying "Blood, blood, blood!" McMurtry's powerful prose captures the gritty essence of this tumultuous and pivotal era, and the fascinating and remarkable men and women-American and Indian, celebrated and forgotten-who shaped the West, and would kill to keep it.
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History

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Here are the true stories of the West's most terrible massacres-Sacramento River, Mountain Meadows, Sand Creek, Marias River, Camp Grant, and Wounded Knee, among others. These massacres involved Americans killing Indians, but also Indians killing Americans and, in the case of the currently hugely controversial Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857, Mormons slaughtering a party of American settlers, including women and children. McMurtry's evocative descriptions of these events recall their full horror, and the deep, constant apprehension and dread endured by both pioneers and Indians. By modern standards the death tolls were often small-Custer's defeat in 1876 was the only encounter to involve more than two hundred dead-yet in the thinly populated West of that time, the violent extinction of a hundred people had a colossal impact on all sides. Though the perpetrators often went unpunished, many guilty and traumatized men felt compelled to tell and retell the horror they had committed. Nephi Johnson, one of the participants in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, died crying "Blood, blood, blood!" McMurtry's powerful prose captures the gritty essence of this tumultuous and pivotal era, and the fascinating and remarkable men and women-American and Indian, celebrated and forgotten-who shaped the West, and would kill to keep it.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Prichard

Length:

4h 22m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:10


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:56


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:22


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:51


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:26


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:09


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:05


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:02


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:55


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:35


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:18