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By James A. Sandos

Winner of the Gustavus Myers heart Award for an exceptional ebook on Human RightsIn 1909 a sensational double killing in Southern California ended in what has been referred to as the West’s final recognized manhunt. in keeping with modern (white) newspapers, an Indian named Willie Boy killed his power better half's father in a healthy of drunken lust, abducted his meant, and fled along with her walking around the wasteland. They have been pursued through numerous posses, and whilst the woman slowed his flight, Willie Boy heartlessly raped and murdered her, eventually killing himself after a shoot-out with a posse. This tale was once immortalized within the vital Robert Redford movie, inform Them Willie Boy Is right here (1969).In the search for Willie Boy: Indian-Hating and pop culture, James A. Sandos and Larry E. Burgess right the tale of Willie Boy, a Paiute-Chemehuevi Indian, through weaving in formerly unheard Indian voices to provide an explanation for his motivations and activities and to provide a extra balanced retelling. 

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8 Leupp knew that the Morongo agency needed help. "After studying my field staff over thoroughly," Leupp "decided that the very man" to do the job ''was Miss Clara True. " Leupp described her as a member of his "Amazonian contingent,"9 capable of coping with any problem. "10 She reconsidered, however, and stayed, confirming Leupp's faith in her. "11 She attacked the bootleggers with increasingly greater effect. She opposed alcohol itself, not just its impact upon Indians, and she enlisted the aid of celebrated saloon breaker William E.

At that time Willie Boy ambushed them, shooting down three horses, wounding another, and scaring one away. During Willie Boy's shooting, one round hit Reche. The bullet splintered upon striking the handcuffs Reche carried on his hip (see fig. 2), and a fragment tore downward, causing a deep wound through hip and thigh. Reche lay sprawled on the ground, seriously wounded, and fully exposed to Willie Boy's rifle only thirty yards away. During the encounter, words were exchanged between Willie Boy and the posse, including, allegedly, that Willie Boy wanted to shoot only Indians, not whites.

We have derived inspiration from Roy Harvey Pearce and Richard Drinnon, whose reflections upon what Herman Melville called the metaphysics of Indian-hating have alerted us to the biases against trying to bring previously excluded peoples into the writing of history. We have, ironically, undertaken our Page 4 task at a time when history in America is undergoing another in a series of identity crises. As the twentieth century closes, the American historical profession finds itself in a crisis that has plagued it, with varying intensity, for nearly one hundred years.

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