The obligation to educate ourselves is up to each of us. It's up to each of us to learn things and to work for a better future.
Moldy is a member of my All People Have Value Panel of Experts.
Here is a review of this Pulitzer Prize nominated book.
Here's some of what we learned---
1. A multi-ethnic past inclusive of Native Americans, French, Spanish & whites is part of early western history.
2. Anglo settlers would not accept a multi-ethnic concept of America just as so many of their descendants won't today. They were often just so many Cliven Bundys.
3. Sutter of Sutter's Mill Gold Rush fame was a lout.
4. Early western trade networks were complex and crossed racial boundaries.
5. Texas government officials would sometimes suggest a measure of co-existence with Indians, but the general population said no.
There is a measure of malevolence in Moldy. He found much to inspire him in this book.
Even so, there is value in knowing that there was a time early in American history when a multi-racial society was the accepted way of living. In our more hopeful moments today, we can imagine that we are moving towards such a reality for our future.
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