The Massacre At Fall Creek

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A dramatic, sweeping saga of life on the Indiana frontier in 1824, based on actual historical events. The Fall Creek Massacre was a unique occurrence-the first recorded instance of whites being formally charged with murder for killing Indians. Five whites were accused, tried by jury, convicted, and executed. West uses this historical record as the source for a fictional account of the events of the massacre and trial.

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Overview

A dramatic, sweeping saga of life on the Indiana frontier in 1824, based on actual historical events. The Fall Creek Massacre was a unique occurrence-the first recorded instance of whites being formally charged with murder for killing Indians. Five whites were accused, tried by jury, convicted, and executed. West uses this historical record as the source for a fictional account of the events of the massacre and trial.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156576819
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/30/1986
  • Pages: 384
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessamyn West (1902-1984) was born in Indiana to Quaker parents and lived most of her life in California. Her work has appeared in Harper's, Mademoiselle, Kenyon Review, the New Yorker, and Redbook, among others. Her other books include The State of Stony Lonesome, Massacre at Fall Creek, and The Collected Stories of Jessamyn West.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    Methinks Friend 'anonymous' is a tad harsh on someone trying to

    Methinks Friend 'anonymous' is a tad harsh on someone trying to bring a story of some hope into a very evil world. Jessamyn is harshly criticized for an agenda she does not have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2003

    Justice, Whose Justice ?

    The author attempts in one story and one trial to undo the generations of injustice done the American Indian. In order to obtain a near perfect gridilock, she creates perfect Indians, Demonised whitemen and an impeccable criminal justice system. Of course none of these represent the full reality. The Indians had the perfection and imperfection of ordinary mortals. The white men on trial simply had the bad luck of being the selected sacrifice to temporarily assuage imminent indian anger at the latest depradation of the white man. The hastily constructed criminal trial was not for the purpose of permanently permitting Indians to participate in the pursuit of life, liberty and butterflies. It simply served the purpose of creating an acceptable facade for the sacrifice of Clasby and co who were not told that the rules changed in the middle of the game. The clear hero of the book is Lute Bemis who with the dice heavily weighted against him, chose to look death in the face, and die like a man-on his feet. Jessamyn West has told a remarkable story, which highlights the fact that the Indian only obtains the white man's version of justice,at the white man's leisure and on the white man's terms.

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