Comanches: The History Of A People

Comanches: The History Of A People

by T.R. Fehrenbach
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DaveMacD1 More than 1 year ago
I've never considered myself much of a history buff; especially going back to my high school and college experiences. However, I have been totally drawn in to this book. It's a real page-turner for me. Additionally, it has provided a new perspective as the author states: "...Americans have tended to take too parochial a view of the tragedy that befell that native population. The sweep of American civilization across the continent was part of a worldwide phenomenon, only one expression of an explosion of European power, population, and technology across the the earth. ...primitive folk everywhere on earth...faced imminent disaster in the nineteenth century."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fehrenbach is one of Texas' best historical writers. His wonderfully researched study of the Comanches is the best I've read of this unique people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Non-native authors believe they are doing Native Americans a service when they write about Native American culture. They believe they want to tell the truth, but unfortunately their truth does not always align with Native American knowledge. From the first chapter listed here, the author demonstrates assumptions which even he admits he cannot prove. "No one knows where or when Homo sapiens, man in his present form, appeared or how he became separated into subspecies or races and diffused across the globe." There is much about the Native American which is unknowable and unproven and yet the author feels free to speculate in an entire first chapter about something that he doesn't know very well. There is very little evidence in the archaeological record to prove or disprove European speculation, but nonetheless, the story is always the same--we Europeans know more about Natives than even Natives do. Even DNA evidence is used in this cultural war even though it is also suspect since very few Native Americans willingly provide DNA samples. Native Americans know where they come from and Natives rightly understand this DNA movement as one more tactic of Europeans to dispossess of Natives of their land. Well-meaning people apologize to Natives about the past, but they may as well apologize for the present and future because they continue to sins against Natives in small and large ways even today.
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