By James Daschuk

In arresting, yet harrowing, prose, James Daschuk examines the jobs that previous international illnesses, weather, and, such a lot disturbingly, Canadian politics—the politics of ethnocide—played within the deaths and subjugation of hundreds of thousands of aboriginal humans within the attention of Sir John A. Macdonald's "National Dream".

It used to be a dream that got here at nice price: the current disparity in health and wellbeing and fiscal health among First international locations and non-Native populations, and the lingering racism and false impression that permeates the nationwide attention to this present day. Clearing the Plains is a journey de strength that dismantles and destroys the view that Canada has a unique declare to humanity in its therapy of indigenous peoples. Daschuk indicates how infectious ailment and state-supported hunger mixed to create a creeping, relentless disaster that persists to the current day. The prose is gripping, the research is incisive, and the narrative is so chilling that it leaves its reader shocked and disturbed. For days after studying it, i used to be not able to shake a profound experience of sorrow. this is often fearless, evidence-driven heritage at its most interesting. " Elizabeth A. Fenn, writer of Pox Americana

Literary Awards
Canadian Aboriginal historical past ebook Prize (2014)
Canadian old organization Clio Prize for The Prairies (2014)
Sir John A. Macdonald Prize (2014)

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43 In the wake of smallpox, fatalities among the Assiniboine led to abandonment of their territory east of the Red River. 46 In the aftermath of disease, the Monsoni sought to replace those lost to sickness with those taken in war. 47 Despite the temporary victory, the Monsoni would never return to their pre-epidemic position of power. The arrival of smallpox marked the beginning of the end for the Monsoni as a discrete population. 48 They disappear from the historical record altogether by the end of the eighteenth century.

We all thought the bad spirit had made 24 The Early Fur Trade himself master of the camp and destroyed them. It was agreed to take some of the best of the tents, and any other plunder that was clean and good and we did, and also took away the few horses they had and returned to our camp. The second day after this, this dreadful disease broke out in our camp, and spread from one tent to the other as if the bad spirit carried it. We had no belief that one man could give it to another, any more than a wounded man could give his wound to another.

In 1738, La Vérendrye accompanied several hundred Assiniboine as they walked to the horticultural villages of the Mandan on the Missouri River. 4 This too was about to change. When the French returned five years later, the Mandan had enough horses to sell them some for their journey home. On that trip, the French investigated the country as far west as the Black Hills of South Dakota. Despite the remarkable nature of his travels, La Vérendrye was relieved of his commission in 1744 for pursuing exploration at the expense of trade.

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