9781632172501

Unsettled Ground

  • ISBN 13:

    9781632172501

  • ISBN 10:

    163217250X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 08/04/2020
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books

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Summary

"A highly readable, myth-busting, fact-based story. [A] tale for all who love the West, its history and its truths."
—The Inlander

Historian and journalist Cassandra Tate takes a fresh look at the personalities, dynamics, disputes, social pressures, and shifting legacy of the Whitman Massacre—a pivotal event in the history of the American West—including the often-missing Indian point of view.


In 1836, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, devout missionaries from upstate New York, established a Presbyterian mission on Cayuse Indian land near what is now the fashionable wine capital of Walla Walla, Washington. Eleven years later, a group of Cayuses killed the Whitmans and eleven others in what became known as the Whitman Massacre. The attack led to a war of retaliation against the Cayuse; the extension of federal control over the present-day states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and parts of Montana and Wyoming; and martyrdom for the Whitmans. Today, however, the Whitmans are more likely to be demonized as colonizers than revered as heroes. 

“[A] gripping adventure story...Tate’s account is a prism that allows us to see the multiple dimensions of a classic frontier conflict.
—Peter Stark, author of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire

[Tate] tells the Cayuse’s side of the story with empathy and clarity...She writes with a flair and transparency unusual in such a meticulously researched book."--The Seattle Times


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