The US History We Are Not Taught
‘EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON’ RELATES TALE OF QUANAH PARKER, PLIGHT OF COMANCHE INDIANS
Posted: November 11, 2012 at 1:57 a.m.
Several years ago on a trip out west, I saw a catchy message on a “ T-shirt beneath a picture of some obviously unhappy Native Americans holding rifles. The caption read: “Homeland Security: Fighting terrorism since 1492.” At fi rst the slogan is good for a chuckle and even sympathy, combined with the uncomfortable knowledge our ancestors may have been some of those early terrorists. But generally we Americans tend to think of the nation’s cowboy and Indian period as something akin to romantic fi ction and leave it at that. What we are not taught, largely because we don’t really want to face the story in any depth and detail, is the real history of how our relatives of European descent conquered and replaced those who were already here.
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Opinion, Pages 15 on 11/11/2012