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The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier
Author: Scott Zesch
ISBN 13: 9780312317898
ISBN 10: 312317891
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: 2005-12-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $17.99

A true account of a "fate worse than death—the dramatic story of five boys abducted by Comanches and Apaches in the Texas Hill Country during the late 1860s—including the author's great uncle—set against a backdrop of intense political wrangling and bl

Library Journal

Inspired by nearly forgotten family stories of a German-Texan forbear taken by Apache raiders at age ten, traded to the Comanche, and unable to readjust when forcibly returned three years later, historical novelist Zesch (Alamo Heights) changes hats to write a history of forced captivities on the Texas frontier. Zesch's thorough research includes accounts from several different families, both Texan and Comanche, which reveal how particular children adjusted to the severe and abrupt changes in their family, cultural, and personal identities as they were captured by Indians and subsequently seized by the U.S. Army. His writing vilifies neither the pioneer settlers nor the Native Americans. This modern and much-needed addition to Southern Plains Indian captivity literature (e.g., Carl Coke Rister's Border Captives, 1940) expands the compass of the entire North American Indian captivity narrative genre to include the odyssey of "white Indian" readjustment to frontier settlement life. Highly recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries. Nathan E. Bender, Buffalo Bill Historical Ctr., Cody, WY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.