Albert Marrin's Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl
The Great Plains, then, was (and is) a harsh land. Despite the hardships, Americans still saw the plains as a place of opportunity. A place where, through hard work and good luck, they could build a better future. And so, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, settlers flocked to the rolling grasslands west of the Mississippi. Unfortunately, the arrival of settlers would change the delicate ecology of the plains.
Flat, treeless, and dry, the grasslands were fit only for wild beasts and nomadic Indians.
"Progress," as white people saw it, demanded that both the buffalo and the Indians should go.
Comment: Wow. Nice job of minimizing the existence of hundreds of Indian tribes that lived successfully on the plains. And of equating "wild beasts" and "nomadic Indians" as if they were both kinds of wildlife to get out of the way.
Another term for "the Indians should go" is genocide. Does Marrin talk about the broken treaties, the Indian wars, and the theft of huge tracts of land? Apparently not.
This is the kind of pro-American, anti-Indian propaganda you heard 50 or 100 years ago. Is that when Marrin wrote and published this book? No, the publication date is August 20, 2009.
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