The Massacre at Sand Creek: Narrative Voices

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University of Oklahoma Press, Sep 1, 1997 - Social Science - 264 pages

In the dawn of November 29, 1864, a Colorado militia unit attacked a peaceful encampment of Cheyennes by Sand Creek in southeast Colorado Territory and murdered almost two hundred men, women, and children. In The Massacre at Sand Creek, Bruce Cutler retells, in a powerful narrative, the events surrounding this atrocity. We hear the voices of the white participants, such as Colonel John Chivington, who planned and led the surprise attack, and Captain Silas Soule, the only officer who refused to attack. We are also given the voices of the Cheyennes - voices that historical documents do not record - with particular focus on Black Kettle, the chief who trusted the promise of protection he had received from white officers and who waved the white flag of peace even as the attacking army approached.

 

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The author of numerous books, Cutler was the founder of the creative writing program at Wichita State University. Here he has brought to life the murder of almost 200 Cheyenne men, women, and children ... Read full review

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Bruce Cutler, former Adele M. Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities & founding Director of the Creative Writing Programs at Wichita State University, is the author of numerous works of prose & poetry, including "The Massacre at Sand Creek: Narrative Voices", published by the University of Oklahoma Press. He resides in Santa Cruz, California.

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