Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. (1915-2005), a leading historian of the American West, was the Editor of American Heritage Magazine and author of many award-winning books, including The Patriot Chiefs, The Indian Heritage of America, Now That the Buffalo’s Gone, 500 Nations, and A Walk Toward Oregon. He was the founding chairman of the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and president of the Western History Association.
The first men to follow Lewis and Clark across the continent to the Pacific were John Jacob Astor’s fur traders. They discovered the formidable chasm of Idaho’s Snake River—and almost never got out
Few episodes in the long, bloody chronicle of the subjugation of the Indian were more violent than the Pueblo uprising of 1680, the one completely successful revolt against the rule of the white man in American history.