If you’re coming to Ari Kelman’s presentation tomorrow from his new book The Misplaced Massacre, or perhaps even more so if you can’t make it, make sure and check out this interview with Professor Kelman on Colorado Public Radio’s Colorado Matters program. Here’s a bit more about the program below. Hope you can make it Friday, February 22, 12 – 1:30, in COB 3022, for Kelman’s presentation about one of the most important topics in the history of Colorado and the American West.
A single word can have huge power and inspire years of debate. That’s how it was in naming a remote memorial on Colorado’s eastern plains “The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.” The word “massacre” carries a lot of weight, as historian Ari Kelman writes in a new book. He documents the struggle to memorialize a killing field, where the U.S. Army murdered more than 150 Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians, mostly women, children, and the elderly in November, 1864. Kelman’s book is called “A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek.” (Misplaced because, for a long time, it wasn’t clear exactly where the killing had occurred.)
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