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By Thomas W. Dunlay

ISBN-10: 0803217153

ISBN-13: 9780803217157

Often portrayed by means of prior historians because the maximum advisor and Indian fighter within the West, package Carson (1809–68) has develop into lately a ancient pariah—a brutal assassin who betrayed the Navajos, an unwitting dupe of yankee enlargement, and a racist. Many historians now query either his popularity and his position within the pantheon of yankee heroes. In Kit Carson and the Indians, Tom Dunlay urges us to re-examine Carson another time. To Dunlay, Carson used to be easily a guy of the 19th century whose racial perspectives and activities have been very similar to these of his contemporaries.

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Oh, Kit! 41 Jessie Benton Frémont, the explorer’s wife, was another writer of purple prose, and she too was impressed with more than the obvious “manly” virtues in Carson. ” She also remembered the kindness he showed when her firstborn son Kit’s godson died as an infant. “You were the first to warn me that my oldest boy could not live,” she wrote to him years later. ”42 These admiring contemporaries and later biographers share one other characteristic with those who despise Carson as a racist and a 16 will the real kit carson please stand up?

Some of them only met him briefly and were happy to have their preconceived ideas confirmed. Others, however, like Brewerton and Beale, or like John Frémont, knew him for extended periods of time, and traveled with him under trying conditions. Perhaps some of them were not overly sensitive to the wrongs done to Indians. Yet the cumulative testimony in Carson’s favor is hard to ignore. 40 Edward Beale, remembering his own trip through the southwestern desert with Carson, was even more fulsome. When he was sick, Kit had cared for him “as tenderly as a woman,” giving Beale the last drop of water from his canteen.

But there was another litwill the real kit carson please stand up? 33 The most famous American author of the nineteenth century, translated into any number of foreign languages, was James Fenimore Cooper, and he created perhaps the most famous American literary character of all time, a buckskin-clad frontiersman who embodied all the natural, untutored virtues. Natty Bumppo, variously called Deerslayer, Pathfinder, Hawkeye, Leatherstocking, and Long Rifle, owed something to Daniel Boone, but Cooper admitted that he was essentially a product of the imagination.

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