January 2016 Selection: The Searchers

At our January 2016 meeting we will discuss the following book selected by Van Perdue:

The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel


Van provides the following additional information about his selection:

For those who want to do some supplemental reading here are a few books that I found useful, notably The Comanche Empire by Pekka Hamalainen, Chapter 7 of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, and Alan LeMay’s novel, The Searchers. The Wrath of Cochise by Terry Mort was also useful though it dealt with an Apache tribe in Arizona because the events described took place in the 1860s, when the movie’s story was set.

Neil kindly loaned me Gunfighter Nation by Richard Slotkin for its section dealing explicitly with parallels between the movie’s story line and modern concerns like racism and  issues of war and peace.
Happy reading!

About Ron Boothe

I am a Professor Emeritus at Emory University, currently living in Tacoma Washington USA.
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One Response to January 2016 Selection: The Searchers

  1. Burk Ketcham says:

    Our January book “The Searchers” by Glenn Frankel is all about searching for a child abducted by Indians. It so happens that part of my genetic heritage is tied to an abduction by the Iroquois of New York state. This is the story. One of the tribes of the Iroquois conducted a raid on a French Canadian family and killed the parents but took the young children into the tribe. One of those children would have been my great great grandfather. He was raised in the tribe and took a squaw for a wife and they had some children. One of their children by the name of Hannah Perrigrew (see photo above) left the tribe and married a white man and produced 13 children. My grandmother was one of the thirteen.

    A cousin doing genealogical research told me the story around 1995 when my parents were long dead. Presumably, all of this was kept a secret as nobody back in the early twentieth century wanted to claim any “savage” blood. I was proud to learn that I do have some Native American blood.

    On of my artistic efforts back in Massachusetts was woodcarving. I have not done any for quite a few years as cut fingers are not compatible with rowing. But yesterday I went through the tool box and put things in order. I found about five sharpening stones and left them out so my long neglected kitchen knives could be sharpened. I am not sure kitchen knives work for a scalping but I am sure that the poor dull things I have been using would not do the job.


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