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Reading Jacoby’s Shadows at Dawn in Disney’s Magic Kingdom: Contradictory Memories of American Conquest

Historian Karl Jacoby’s 2009 Shadows at Dawn: An Apache Massacre and the Violence of History presents the perspectives of the four groups involved leading up to the Camp Grant massacre of 1871, as well as each group’s ever-changing memories in the aftermath of violence. Perpetrated by the Americans, Mexicans, and O’odham, the Camp Grant massacre murdered and scalped over a hundred Apache women and children. Last month, I brought Shadows at Dawn on vacation to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom because I was responsible for a TA-led discussion on it later that week. While packing, I thought that the heartwarming Read more