Shadows at Dawn

An Apache Massacre and the Violence of History

Karl Jacoby - Author

Patricia Nelson Limerick - Foreword by

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ISBN 9781101159514 | 384 pages | 24 Nov 2009 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
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A masterful reconstruction of one of the worst Indian massacres in American history

In April 1871, a group of Americans, Mexicans, and Tohono O’odham Indians surrounded an Apache village at dawn and murdered nearly 150 men, women, and children in their sleep. In the past century the attack, which came to be known as the Camp Grant Massacre, has largely faded from memory. Now, drawing on oral histories, contemporary newspaper reports, and the participants’ own accounts, prize-winning author Karl Jacoby brings this perplexing incident and tumultuous era to life to paint a sweeping panorama of the American Southwest—a world far more complex, diverse, and morally ambiguous than the traditional portrayals of the Old West.

Shadows At Dawn Foreword: Patricia Nelson Limerick

A Note on Terminology

Part One: Violence

The O'odham
Los Vecinos
The Americans
The Nnee

Part Two: Justice

Part Three: Memory

The O'odham
Los Vecinos
The Americans
The Nnee


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"Absorbing, brilliant . . . One of the best studies ever of the long conflict between tribes and races, soldiers, citizens, killers and victims, in the wild unregulated Southwest."
-Larry McMurtry

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