Quanah Parker Comanche Chief

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Quanah Parker is a figure of almost mythical proportions on the Southern Plains. The son of Cynthia Parker, a white captive whose subsequent return to white society and early death had become a Texas frontier legend, Quanah rose from able warrior to tribal leader on the Comanche reservation. Other books about Quanah Parker have been incomplete, are outdated, or are lacking in scholarly analysis. William T. Hagan, the author of United States-Comanche Relations, knows Comanche history. This new biography, written ...
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Quanah Parker is a figure of almost mythical proportions on the Southern Plains. The son of Cynthia Parker, a white captive whose subsequent return to white society and early death had become a Texas frontier legend, Quanah rose from able warrior to tribal leader on the Comanche reservation. Other books about Quanah Parker have been incomplete, are outdated, or are lacking in scholarly analysis. William T. Hagan, the author of United States-Comanche Relations, knows Comanche history. This new biography, written in a crisp and readable style, is a well-balanced portrait of Quanah Parker, the chief, and Quanah, the man torn between two worlds. Between 1875 and his death in 1911, Quanah strove to cope with the changes confronting tribal members. Dealing with local Indian agents and with presidents and other high officials in Washington, he faced the classic dilemma of a leader caught between the dictates of an occupying power and the wrenching physical and spiritual needs of his people. Quanah was never one to decline the perquisites of leadership. Texas cattlemen who used his influence to gain access to reservation grass for their herds rewarded him liberally. They financed some of his many trips to Washington and helped him build a home that remains to this day a tourist attraction. Such was his fame that Teddy Roosevelt invited him to take part in his inaugural parade and subsequently intervened personally to help him and the Comanches as their reservation dissolved. Maintaining a remarkable blend of progressive and traditional beliefs, Quanah epitomized the Indian caught in the middle. Valued by almost all Indian agents with whom he dealt, he nevertheless practiced polygamy and the peyote religion - both contrary to government policy. Other Indians functioned as middlemen, but through his force and intelligence, and his romantic origins, Quanah Parker achieved unparalleled success and enduring renown.
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The biography of a remarkable figure of the Southern Plains--the son of Cynthia Parker, a white captive whose subsequent return to white society and early death had become a Texas frontier legend--who rose from able warrior to tribal leader on the Comanche reservation, and maintained a blend of progressive and traditional beliefs until his death in 1911 at the age of 57. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Series Editor's Preface
Preface
1 Life on the Plains 3
2 Quanah's New World 16
3 Quanah and the Cattlemen 28
4 Following the White Man's Road 40
5 Peyote Advocate and Ghost Dance Critic 52
6 A Tough but Realistic Negotiator 62
7 High Tide for Quanah 73
8 Trying to Stave Off Disaster 93
9 Adapting to the New Order 101
Epilogue 121
Sources 135
Index 139
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