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By Michael L. Tate

Within the first ebook to target family among Indians and emigrants at the overland trails, Michael L. Tate indicates that such encounters have been way more usually characterised via cooperation than by means of clash. Having combed countless numbers of unpublished resources and Indian oral traditions, Tate reveals Indians and Anglo-Americans regularly buying and selling items and information with one another, and Indians offering a number of varieties of tips to overlanders.

regardless of millions of together important exchanges among whites and Indians among 1840 and 1870, a dead ringer for Plains Indians because the overland pioneers' worst enemies prevailed in American pop culture. In explaining the patience of that stereotype, Tate seeks to dispel one of many West's oldest cultural misunderstandings.

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He recorded his personal exasperation with the fainthearted by poking fun at their overreactions: “We had a hard rain last night—and an alarm of Indians!!! Blood and murder, what shall we do. We shall surely all be slain!! ” Continuing in his sarcastic tone, McKinstry blasted Potts for a second false alarm, during which everyone ran around aimlessly in a hard rain, making valiant speeches but accomplishing nothing. 21 Whether a party of travelers traversed the Missouri River into Kansas or into Nebraska, their first encounter with Indians was usually at the subsequent river and creek crossings where extra help was frequently needed and generally welcomed.

The first of the series, Ann S. 42 Not all of these volumes focused on American Indians, but at least through the 1860s Indian villains were most often the source of contention for the featured hero. Under Erastus Beadle’s steady hand, the frontier series sold almost five million copies between 1860 and 1865. 43 Such was the widespread impact of these dime novels that respected essayist William Everett wrote a mildly condemnatory article in an 1864 issue of the North American Review. 44 When sales took a slight downturn because of competition from other pulp series, Beadle’s editor, Orville J.

Otherwise, according to the captain, they will spy out a party’s weakness and exploit it during the night’s darkness. 31 Anyone who read such an account of Indian treachery in the mid-nineteenth century and then undertook an overland trip across the continent would certainly be conditioned to fear the worst about any American Indian inhabitants encountered along the trail. While most of these guides warned about the probable negative effects of extending gifts to Indians, a few happily reported that trade with them not only was a normal part of the overland experience but could also ease the difficulties of passage.

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