Sand Creek 150th Anniversary: 5 Resources to Learn More

There are many interesting resources with information about the Sand Creek Massacre. Here are some books and websites to help learn more about it.
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There are many interesting resources with information about the Sand Creek Massacre. Here are some books and websites to help in learning more about the tragic event that happened 150 years ago.

Forgotten Heroes and Villains of Sand Creek by Carol Turner (The History Press). This 2010 book paints vivid, well-researched portraits of 14 different people connected to the massacre. It gives human substance to the story while interweaving the political, cultural and social situations of the times.

Forgotten Heroes and Villains of Sand Creek

A Misplaced Massacre by Ari Kelman (Harvard University Press). Mingling the past with the present, this meticulously researched 2013 book tells a candid history of the massacre, including its context in the Civil War, and also traces the modern conflicts that arose in the rediscovering of the massacre site and in the creation of the national historic site. It has won a number of awards, including the Avery Craven Award, Bancroft Prize, Tom Watson Brown Book Award and the Robert M. Utley Prize.

A Misplaced Massacre

Life of George Bent: Written from His Letters by George E. Hyde, edited by Savoie Lottinville (University of Oklahoma Press). George Bent, son of a Cheyenne mother and white father, offers a front-row view to the events and tells his story from a Cheyenne perspective through a series of letters to a would-be biographer at the turn of the 20th century. Bent and Hyde died before the book was completed, but the letters and notes were pulled together in 1968. The full book, updated since its first printing, is available through the University of Oklahoma Press and extensive excerpts can be found through Google Books.

Life of George Bent

Proclamation to the Friendly Indians” of the Plains by Gov. John Evans (1864). The full text of this telling document, issued under Evans secondary role as Superintendent of Indians, shows the tone of the times.

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John Evans, the millionaire Chicago businessman was appointed by Lincoln as the second governor in the Colorado Territory.

Snippets of the history of the massacre and full listings of events can be found at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site website. The site has done a series of articles about the history leading in connection with the 150th anniversary.