American Trinity: Jefferson, Custer, and the Spirit of the West

American Trinity: Jefferson, Custer, and the Spirit of the West

by Larry Len Peterson


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ISBN-13: 9781591521884
Publisher: Farcountry Press
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 728
Sales rank: 492,131
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xvii

Part I The Searchers: Finding Each Other

Chapter 1 Out of Africa: Origin of the Races 3

Chapter 2 When the West Belonged to God: Discovering the New World Before Columbus 17

Chapter 3 Lost Souls in Revelry: Collision of Races 31

Chapter 4 Create Humanity and Conquer Nature: The British Invasion 47

Chapter 5 American Exodus: Survival on the Mains 63

Chapter 6 The Blind Healing the Blind: White Medicine Men 79

Chapter 7 Weapons of Mass Destruction: Infectious Disease 99

Part II The Mystery: Clash of Spirits

Chapter 8 The World is Not Enough: Cultural Literacy for Religion 127

Chapter 9 The Spirit of the West: Native American Religion and Its Chroniclers 139

Chapter 10 Smoking to the Spirit of the Buffalo: Plains Indian Ceremonies and Rituals 167

Chapter 11 The Language of God: Indian Myths, Legends, and Their Chroniclers 191

Chapter 12 The Way: Historical Christianity to the Dark Ages 221

Chapter 13 The Faith of Our Fathers: Religion in America 245

Part III Thomas Jefferson: Winning the West

Chapter 14 A Revolution: The Enlightenment, Scientific Revolution, and the Romantic Movement 271

Chapter 15 All Men are Created Equal: Thomas Jefferson and His Legacy 291

Chapter 16 Father of the American West: Thomas Jefferson and the Corps of Discovery 313

Chapter 17 Father of the Removal Policy: Thomas Jefferson and the Doctrine of Discovery 331

Chapter 18 Manifest Destiny: If God is for Us, Then Who Could Ever Stop Us? 349

Chapter 19 Cleansing the West: Religion, Guns, and, Romance 371

Chapter 20 The Descent of Man: Scientific Racism 401

Chapter 21 Survival of the Fittest: Charles Darwin Explains Evolution 419

Part IV The Golden Rule, or the Golden-Ruled? Custer: The Son of the American West

Chapter 22 The Better Angels of Our Nature: Custer and the Fight to Make the Union Whole 443

Chapter 23 A Civil War Legend Unleashed: Custer Revealed 471

Chapter 24 American Idols: Grant and Custer After the Civil War 489

Chapter 25 Son of the American West: Custer, O Fallen Star 511

Chapter 26 The Children of Manifest Destiny and Shifting Shadows: Education to Kill the Indian 547

Chapter 27 Lamentations of the Fall: Genocide, Filmic Cleansing, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 581

Notes 601

Bibliography 647

Index 679

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