The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 104, July 2000 - April, 2001 Page: 633
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2001 Book Reviews 633
Native Americans found the doors to assimilation closed, and the opportunities
provided by the war gone. Conditions on reservations reverted to prewar levels
and the American government was seemingly intent on terminating all aid to
American Indians. Predictably, many Indians felt betrayed by white America
after so many of their brethren had given the ultimate sacrifice. As one Navajo
asked, "We went to Hell and back for what?" (p. 22o). Townsend concludes that
it was this bitter disappointment that led to the Red Power movement of the
While Townsend's arguments are very compelling, his focus on policy and
legal proceedings tends to marginalize the actions and stories of individual
Native Americans and tribes. More attention to the native peoples involved
would have improved this nonetheless excellent and well-researched work.
Costa Mesa Stephen P. Van Hoak
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