Shadows at Dawn is a non-fiction work about the 1871 Camp Grant Massacre, when a group of vigilantes attacked an Apache camp, slaughtering mostly women and children. The story is told from the perspectives of the four different peoples involved: Anglo-Americans, the Apache, the Mexicans, and the O’odham Indians.
Jakoby did a wonderful job researching this event. There was written history by the white settlers, but much of the native perspective was through oral history. In this way, however, a student of history can gain a much better understanding of what happened and why. So many times we view past events through a modern lens, and that only serves to distort the truth. There were mistakes made on all sides, but ultimately the lack of justice in a frontier territory pushed the various actors into creating justice for themselves. The consequences, of course, were terrible.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2008
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