According to the Legend of Starved Rock, the last of the Illinois Indian tribe fled to the summit of the bluff where they were surrounded by the Potawatomi and Ottawa Indians. Unable to obtain food or water, Illinois men, women and children, were destroyed by starvation. Was this account a horrific historical event, or nothing more than fanciful fiction, based on fragments of many events, popularized by the creative pens of imaginative nineteenth-century writers? Massacre 1769: The Search for the Origin of the Legend of Starved Rock reviews the earliest and most influential accounts of the well-known legend, traces the history and culture of the Illinois Indian tribe from its earliest contact with Europeans, and closely examines the event of 1769, the murder of Ottawa war chief, Pontiac, at the hand of an Illinois warrior, the incident that, according to the legend, precipitated the destruction of the Illinois tribe at Starved Rock. With careful examination of archaeological excavations and surveys, at or around Starved Rock, and extensive study of the well-documented historical record, Massacre 1769, at last, brings clarity to this event, proving again, that history is even more enthralling than fiction. For both scholar and history enthusiast alike.
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Mark Walczynski is retired from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Law Enforcement. He holds a master’s degree from California State University Dominguez Hills, in humanities with a special concentration in history, and he is a graduate of the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield, Illinois. Mark’s work on Starved Rock has been published in scholarly journals including the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Le Journal, and in historical guidebooks such as American Indian Places. The author of Starved Rock State Park, the First 100 Years, he contributed to the DVD “The Early History of the Illinois Indians,” and served as an historical consultant for Starved Rock and The Illiniwek. Mark currently teaches history, philosophy, and criminal justice courses at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Illinois and is Park Historian for the Starved Rock Educational and Historical Foundation.
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Book Description Center for French Colonial Studies, Inc., 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 120 pages. 10.00x8.00x0.28 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0615834671
Book Description Center for French Colonial Studies, Inc., 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0615834671