Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie by Studs Terkel, Ed Cray

By Studs Terkel, Ed Cray

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A patriot and a political radical, Woody Guthrie captured the spirit of his instances in his enduring songs. Ed Cray, the 1st biographer to be granted entry to the Woody Guthrie Archive, has created a haunting portrait.

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The Americans hatched a scheme to capture Mangas Coloradas and keep him as a hostage to ensure their safe passage through the Apacheria, when they were joined by General West’s advance guard of 20 soldiers under Captain Shirland. The groups joined forces and flew a white flag to bring in Mangas Coloradas. They hid the soldiers. Jack Swilling went out to speak with Mangas Coloradas and urged him into camp, where he was surrounded by the soldiers. Mangas Coloradas dismissed his bodyguard, which consisted of Victorio and one of his sons.

3. Jason Betzinez, I Fought With Geronimo with Wilbur Sturtevant Nye (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1959), pp. 19–24. 4. Debo, Geronimo, p. 53. 5. Geronimo, Geronimo: His Own Story, as told to S. M. Barrett, newly revised and edited, with an introduction and notes by Frederick Turner (New York: Meridian, 1996), p. 101. 6. Debo, Geronimo, pp. 55–56. 7. Debo, Geronimo, p. 61. 8. K. Safford, “Cachise: Governor Safford’s Account of His Interview with the Apache Chief—The Career of Cachise from the First Hostilities— His Present Desire is for Peace,” Chicago Daily Tribune, December 24, 1872.

Geronimo married her soon after Alope’s death, and she remained married to him for 30 years until her capture by Mexicans in 1882. Geronimo’s son, Chappo, was born to her in 1867, and his daughter Dohn-say (also called Tozey or Lulu), was born in 1871. He also married a third wife, Nana-tha-thtith, during this time, as was customary for a good provider and successful raider. Apache men were allowed to marry as many women as they could support, and through the years Geronimo added and discarded wives as circumstances dictated, leaving historians with an incomplete record of his domestic life.

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