The Massacre at Fall Creek

The Massacre at Fall Creek Five white men stand accused of the murder of innocent peaceful Indians among them women and children It is and Indiana is the Western frontier of a new nation where Seneca warriors stand ready

  • Title: The Massacre at Fall Creek
  • Author: Jessamyn West
  • ISBN: 9780844662749
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Five white men stand accused of the murder of innocent, peaceful Indians among them women and children It is 1824, and Indiana is the Western frontier of a new nation where Seneca warriors stand ready to fall on fledgling settlements should white men s justice fail In a powerful American saga fashioned from the sparse historical record, Jessamyn West creates charactersFive white men stand accused of the murder of innocent, peaceful Indians among them women and children It is 1824, and Indiana is the Western frontier of a new nation where Seneca warriors stand ready to fall on fledgling settlements should white men s justice fail In a powerful American saga fashioned from the sparse historical record, Jessamyn West creates characters an appealing heroine, her lover, the attorney for the defense, an extraordinary Indian seer who stand at the center of a maelstrom of human emotions hate, devotion, revenge, compassion, and, above all, love As the narrative sweeps from the crimes to the tension packed trial and its strangely moving aftermath, the novel carries the reader to an awareness of undeniably modern implications of our historical past.

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    1. Oh wow, I thought I'd read this before but now I realize I was confusing it with Except for Me and Thee, I think. So this is a book by one of my favorite authors that I've never read. As usual, I'm very much taken with her depiction of people in Olden Tymes who are surprisingly like us.Very loosely based on a true incident, it's the story of white men tried for the murder of innocent local Indians, a novel idea in 1824. We see the story through various character's eyes with an emphasis on Caleb [...]

    2. In 1824, five white men killed an entire encampment of Seneca Indians at Fall Creek in central Indiana. See enpedia/wiki/Fall_Cre Until this point in history, killing Native Americans was considered a necessary (even commendable!) aspect of conquering the "untamed" regions of the U.S. However, this particular set of murders couldn't be pushed under the carpet because a very large group of Seneca warriors were located not far away from the killings. Whites were worried about a reprisal attack unl [...]

    3. I read Friendly Pursuasion as a girl and this book has the same feel, which was like going home. I lived in California then, and here I am in Indiana reading The Massacre at Fall Creek, which took place near a spot I have actually passed. The intriguing part is when you hear the word "massacre" in the title you automatically think Of Native Americansslaughtering settlers, and this is just the opposite and brings a new perspective. Well written and recommended.

    4. Fast read. Took a very interesting footnote in history and turned it into a novel. Actually interesting look at how whites viewed Native Americans, good vs evil - and even a touch of romance thrown in. Picked it up for a $1 at a library book sale because I read one of the author's previous works, but this one was better.

    5. An exploration of the relationship between native Americans and whites before it was popular to explore that relationship.

    6. I liked this bookought it was interesting historically, though quite a story was spun with few actual facts. I think it captured the tension between Indians and Whites during the western expansion. I was pleased that the preacher was truly a godly man who tied to live out his faith, not some goofy hypocrite. I thought the characters were believable and they all had backbone though some may have been misguided. The story line took some turns I wasn't expecting, which made the story interesting.

    7. Seven Indian men, women, and children were killed by five white men at Fall Creek. The story ends with the trial. A real tear-jerker.

    8. The Massacre is a fun, fast read. West's ability to make us care about these people's lives and fates, is only rivaled by her tendency to make the events a bit too melodramatic. At times it felt pretty hallmark. I suppose that is appropriate considering the period. However, when I am reading a story about the brutal massacre of natives, the last thing I want to read about is a love story between the defense lawyer and a kid. That part was weak for me. I suppose West was aiming to make a connecti [...]

    9. A solid bit of historical fictionFor this Hoosier reviewer, The Massacre at Fall Creek is most interesting since the places involved are no more than a 45 minute drive from my house.Jessamyn West does a great job of getting the "feel" of an 1824 frontier community - how small it was, how truly far away it was from "civilization" and how that isolation created a unique culture.The storyline is based on a real incident in which several white men from a community to the north of Pendleton, Indiana [...]

    10. I almost never read historical fictions or even books this "old," but I happened to pick this book up from my library since it was a book of the month or something like that. Anyway, since it was based on real events that happened maybe an hour from where I currently live, it was intriguing to me. I started it just to see if I would like it, and I have to say that it is a very, very well written book that is even engrossing at times. I definitely recommend, especially if you like reading histori [...]

    11. I found this book in the high school library, where I work. I thought I'd read it. I'm glad I did. It is inappropriate for this Christian school because the "preacher's" daughter has pre-marital sex with a lawyer. Sure didn't need that.

    12. What a powerful read. Historical fiction, Indiana 200 years ago- 4 white men brutality kill 9 "Indians". The story provides insight into the emotional, heart wrenching views of both sides through the trial. Should be required reading for all Hoosier high school students.

    13. This novel sheds light on the struggles between Native Americans and our nation's white settlers within the big picture of inherent racism. Our book group read it as part of the Indiana Bicentennial.

    14. So interesting to those of us living in central Indiana, based on a true event. Carmel Library Reads choice.

    15. This is a really good book. Its about how five white men supposedly killed Native American kids and women.

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