Each chapter is a story unto itself and the book can be read in any order as well as from beginning to end.
There are two sides to these violent events, and, while the focus is on the Euro-American perspective, the contrary perspective of the Native American is also presented. Jeff relies on primary-source documents usually ignored by other authors, but more than that, he carefully sorts out all documents relating to each chapter, while carefully applying critical thinking skills to arrive at the probable truth of each event. Untapped Indian depredation claims housed in Washington, DC give the reader a deeper understanding of the terrors of Indian raids, especially when experienced by new settlers to the region. What emerges represents a bold and new history not found in other published accounts. These chapters reflect more than 20 years of Jeff’s research and writing on the Central Plains Indian War.
This is Jeff’s fourth book on incidents occurring in the Central Plains Indian war. Jeff is a 5th generation Coloradan, but lived in Salina for four years, graduating from St. John’s Military School. He received an MA at Baylor University and a PhD at CU, Boulder, both in philosophy. For the past four years he has resided in Beulah, Colorado. He is a member of the 6th District of the Kansas Authors Club and spoke at the Salina convention in 2017.
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