Category Archives: History

California Indians — Part III

Oppressive California California government soon became an instrument of Indian oppression.  In Governor John McDougall’s first address to the California legislature, he promised “… a war of extermination will continue to be waged between the races until the Indian race … Continue reading

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California Indians — Part II

The Republic of Mexico In 1823, the flag of the Republic of Mexico replaced that of Nuevo España.  In all likelihood, none of the California Indians noticed the change.  In Mexico City, however, major changes were underway, not the least … Continue reading

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California Indians — Part I

Part of the problem we have understanding the indigenous people of the present-day United States is the reality that, “Native” Americans weren’t native to the Americas.  It’s more than semantics, but to avoid nitpicking, it might be fair to say … Continue reading

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Little Known Legends

In 1850, Allan Pinkerton met a Chicago attorney by the name of Edward Rucker.  Together, they formed the North-Western Police Agency, later known as Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency.  Around 1855, Pinkerton noted an increased demand for private detectives.  Businessmen, large … Continue reading

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Charles Edward Travis

I would be surprised if anyone in the United States hasn’t heard of William Barrett “Buck” Travis (1809-1836).  I find his story quite interesting, if short — and perhaps somewhat typical of Americans in the early to the late nineteenth … Continue reading

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Old West Vice

The River The Mississippi River is the second-longest river in North America, extending 2,320 miles in length.  Its watershed drains all or part of 32 states (and two Canadian provinces), its drainage basin encompassing 1.1 million square miles.  It runs … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad, and the Incredibly Stupid

The Good William Halsell migrated to Texas from Alabama somewhere around 1870.  His wife Mary was of Cherokee ancestry.  In Texas, William ended up working for his brother-in-law, Dan Waggoner, on the Triple D Ranch.  With his brother Glenn, William … Continue reading

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Cowboys and Presidents

A Cowpoke Named Theodore focused on the impact the western frontier had on the development of Theodore Roosevelt’s personality and subsequent political career.  He became the cowboy he most admired, and the nation admired him because of it.  He left … Continue reading

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A Cowpoke Named Theodore

On Theodore Roosevelt’s 22nd birthday, he married his socialite sweetheart, Alice Hathaway Lee.  Alice was the daughter of banker George Cabot Lee.  She was a tall woman for the times, standing around 5’6”.  She had wavy golden hair, blue-gray eyes, … Continue reading

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The Dakota war

Prologue One of the problems with public education is that curricula, teachers, and teaching materials oversimplify history.  We may certainly understand why this is so at the elementary level, but not as children progress into secondary schools.  Another possible explanation … Continue reading

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