I began my adult life as a fur trapper in the Rocky Mountains. I would spend the dead of winter with the Crow Indians. I earned the name "Shows No Mercy" among the Crow for my legendary fights with the Blackfoot, their worst enemy. I try to explain to the Crow that their way of life is doomed because of the westward tide of immigrants who will not try to live with the Crow as I had, but would push them from the land as though they never existed.
It is near the top of my list of books about the American Indians.
To Breathe Free Air is the sequel to Shows No Mercy and is the further adventures of Walker Haugen, who was given a fortune in gold nuggets by the Crow Indians even after showing the chief what the gold could purchase. He finds himself only able to help the Crow people on a small scale. Because of his belief that one person cannot "own" another, he sets off on a quest to rid the world of slavery. This includes Blacks in the south and Native Americans in the north.
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