By William Haas Moore
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Finally, for benefit of the reader who wishes to read further or to study the nature of literature about Navajos, books of a more popular and general nature have been cited whenever they make mention, no matter how briefly, of events that occur in the narrative. It is hoped that this history will provide for a far broader understanding of the history of the Navajos, a successful people who have thrived in spite of forces that, upon surface examination, might have seemed overwhelming. Page xxiii Acknowledgments This book was originally written as a dissertation in a doctoral program in history and political science at Northern Arizona University, but the fact that there was need for a history of post-Bosque Redondo Navajos had been suggested to me years before: by my colleague at Puerco Elementary School in Sanders, Arizona, Bill Farnham; by essays from two of my students at Puerco, Delores Noble and Raymond Smith; by Dr.
Carleton marched east to free New Mexico of the rebel menace. When he arrived too late to participate in the Civil War, Carleton decided to take on the "wild" Indians of the territory, the Mescalero Apaches and the Navajos. His war against the Navajos was fought during the winter of 1863-64 by Kit Carson and the New Mexico Volunteers. By the spring of 1864, the Navajos were a defeated Page xii people, and over eight thousand of them were exiled to the Bosque Redondo Reservation along the Pecos River in eastern New Mexico.
This independence contradicted the ideals of most Americans, and it appeared to be endangered when President Grant, in a fight with Congress, gave control over Indian appointments to the Protestant denominations. The Navajos were given to the Presbyterians. The implementation of policy was left up to the agents, and the men sent by the Presbyterians to Fort Defiance were less sympathetic to the Navajos than their military counterparts. They were also less competent, more likely to act according to preconceived notions, and less inclined to learn from circumstances.