Title: The DefendersThe Defenders
Author: Ann McGovern
Pages: 128
Recommended Ages: 9-13
Star Rating: ★★★★

In this book, Ann McGovern recounts three stories of who she calls ‘The Defenders” – the Indian men who stood against the expansionist program effected by the United States during the early 1800s. Through the stories of these three men – Osceola, Tecumseh, and Cochise – she documents the struggle over the land, the series of broken promises and treaties, and finally the spilled blood that occurred as a result of these breaches.

McGovern comes down very solidly on the side of her “defenders” and, if this portion of history really is how she portrays it, then she is correct in doing so. If, as she documents, the Indians were treated with such disdain and as children to be placated, then betrayed, she is right in her round condemnation of such practices. But I know practically nothing concerning this era, and so am not able to perceive if her research is laced with political correctness or otherwise.

Conclusion. From what I can tell, a good sobering resource.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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