The Thirty-ninth Man

The Thirty-ninth Man

by D.A. Swanson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878396832
Publisher: North Star Press of Saint Cloud
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dale Swanson, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 17, 1942, now makes his home in Prior Lake. Married since 1965, he has two children and four granddaughters. Dale has taken writing classes at the University of Michigan and has been a member of The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, since 2003. He has completed a fantasy chapter book for seven- to twelve-year-old readers and a memoir of his growing up years in the 1950s. In addition to this historical novel, he has a book of short stories in process, and he is a writing contributor to Definitive Woman magazine in Alexandria, Minnesota. Dale’s poetry was included in two annual stage productions by the Bloomington Arts Council, at The Black Box Theatre in Bloomington, Minnesota, and his radio drama/comedy The Stink Bomb Episode will be presented by the Lakes Area Theatre, in Alexandria, Minnesota, in June 2013. An avid outdoorsman, Dale is the holder of three U.S. patents aligned with the sport of archery.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader ix

Sioux Legend 1

1 Anton McAllister 3

2 Taliaferro on the Northwest Frontier 24

3 Tomawka's Dream 27

4 The Demise of the Three-Toed Wolf 35

5 Treaty of 1825 48

6 Ligktning on the Prairie 57

7 Red River of the North 69

8 The Gauntlet 86

9 Anton's Marriage 91

10 Winter with Dokkins 94

11 Treaty of 1837 112

12 Rising Eagle's Vision 120

13 Star Woman and the Missionary 132

14 Treaties of 1851 and 1858. Let Them Eat Grass 147

15 The Uprising Begins 159

16 Tatemina to the Rescue 173

17 Fort Ridgely 195

18 Little Crow's Defeat 203

19 The Pardon 218

Epilogue 237

Study Aids 239

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The Thirty-ninth Man 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
In The Thirty-Ninth Man D.A. Swanson describes the events, lifestyles and relationships of the Native Americans, settlers and the US Government during the first part of the 19th century in what is now Minnesota. Much of the book is fact, mixed with fictional characters which helps bring the story to life. It was easy to read, although at times I found the joins between fact and fiction a little obvious. In addition to the political viewpoints, the author gives us plenty of action and interesting descriptions of the lives of the indigenous population, the trappers and the government representatives. They all had one thing in common; despite the abundance of wildlife in the woodlands in that area, life was very hard in what was at that time the north-western limit of the Union. The book covers a long span of time, nearly sixty years, and features a large number of players although D.A. helps us by listing the primary characters at the front of the book, separated into fictional and non-fictional. The copy that I read was a paperback and it included two full page maps but unfortunately they were of poor quality with one barely readable and the other illegible. It could however be that mine was an advance copy and subsequent print-runs were clearer. I found The Thirty-Ninth Man extremely thought provoking. D.A. Swanson is rightly very critical of many of the Government officials in the handling of the treaties with local tribes who clearly were not given the respect they deserved. He does however balance the arguments by making it clear that the Native Americans struggled with the concepts of borders and ownership. He also shows us how their warrior culture was always going to clash with the Government’s hope that they would become passive farmers. Thinking on it, the people of Europe, Asia and much of Africa evolved from hunter-gatherers to farmers thousands of years ago so in their view why should that not also work in America? Interestingly the author uses the terms Indians and Redskins which were no doubt used at the time although my understanding is that Native Americans is more acceptable today. The Thirty-Ninth Man is an action packed story that has not only entertained but has encouraged me to discover more about this challenging period in US history. I have awarded four stars.