The Hunt for Willie Boy: Indian-Hating and Popular Culture

The Hunt for Willie Boy: Indian-Hating and Popular Culture


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The Hunt for Willie Boy: Indian-Hating and Popular Culture by Larry E. Burgess, James A. Sandos

Winner of the Gustavus Myers Center Award for an Outstanding Book on Human Rights

In 1909 a sensational double killing in Southern California led to what has been called the West’s last famous manhunt. According to contemporary (white) newspapers, an Indian named Willie Boy killed his potential father-in-law in a fit of drunken lust, kidnapped his intended, and fled with her on foot across the desert. They were pursued by several posses, and when the girl slowed his flight, Willie Boy heartlessly raped and murdered her, finally killing himself after a shoot-out with a posse. This story was immortalized in the important Robert Redford film, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969).

In The Hunt for Willie Boy: Indian-Hating and Popular Culture, James A. Sandos and Larry E. Burgess correct the story of Willie Boy, a Paiute-Chemehuevi Indian, by weaving in previously unheard Indian voices to explain his motivations and actions and to present a more balanced retelling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806128436
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 09/15/1996
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 1,092,059
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

James A. Sandos is Professor of History at the University of Redlands and the author of Rebellion in the Borderlands: Anarchism and the Plan of San Diego, 1904-1923, also published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Larry E. Burgess, who holds a Ph.D. in history from Claremont Graduate School, is Library Director in the A.K. Smiley Public Library at Redlands, California.

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