United States, America, Lincoln discussed on Newt's World
Philo Riley is a great friend, a mentor somebody who has been a trailblazer in so many different areas of it's amazing. He was a high school history teacher for nineteen seventy to nineteen seventy-two beyond that though he's also been involved overseas in doing things were charitable and helping people and he of course has been extraordinarily successful cable news personality now has fifteen nonfiction books including nine books in the killing series, which began remarkably successful, filling Lincoln and killing. Kennedy, just been rolling never since now this new book killing crazy horse, they'll the most merciless Indian wars in America which has just coming out on September eight. Is going to be interesting to everybody and I was delighted. The bill is willing to come on and talk about his concept is vision what he's trying to accomplish a well first of all thank you for joining us and congratulations on yet another great book. Do I, appreciated Mr Speaker it's nice to talk with you and particularly because you're a historian yourself. When I write books, I write them for the folks I'm not a pinhead. I'm not giving you five hundred pages and you gotTa Wade through it in your eyes get heavy. These are exciting fun books to read, but there are also important. To tickly today. When the radical left is trying to distort our history. They're trying to peddle this line that the United States is an evil country and always has been. And therefore, I'm position to settle these things once and for all by writing fact, based books about slavery mentioned, killing Lincoln about the Indian wars and what really happened in forging our nation. And I think that every American has got to arm his or herself with facts to refute this horrible assault on our country's history. You have a very intriguing to me title killing crazy horse the most famous Indian wars in America how did you come to that title? Well when we were researching the Book Martin Dugard is my co author we were startled by the level of brutality and intensity in these conflicts. So yes, civil war was terrible. Everybody knows that the most casualties of any American war, the revolutionary war and not so much because there weren't that many big set battles. But in America with the native Americans and the settlers clashing that went on from eighteen twelve to eighteen ninety. That war lasted seventy eight years. and. Don't know the scope of it. We've heard of coaches and crazy horse and Geronimo, and sitting bull and all of these guys. But we really don't know the context. This was an ongoing bloodbath. For Seventy eight years. And that's why I use the word merciless in the subtitle. But why do you think it took so long? Because the United States was just in its infancy. The people the colonists than the new United States citizens started to move west and intrude on Indian lands, and then they moved south into Florida which was not a state. And the Creek Indians where they're going to do is going on who are these people why they're hunting grounds? Why are they doing this stuff and the creeks with the first trot to attack the white man and they slaughtered three hundred? White people and there were some slaves in that mix at Fort mims Alabama in eighteen thirteen that started it all Andrew Jackson was sent down to quell the creek uprising. It was unbelievable what happened there and then it went on and on and on and on and on as the whites win across the country for the land and they didn't really care who was there first and the Indians had no idea how to counter this the smarter of them the more intelligent. Of them like coaches, he knew they weren't going to win against this powerful force coming at them. But at the same time, what were they going to tell their people that we gotta move again we were where are buffalo going to being shot by guys on trainings it was a progression that had no ending because there were so many Indian tribes decentralized. They weren't organized and Washington's policies changed every year some years they were fair to the Indians and some years they weren't. But. When you look back on, do you think a practical level they different approach that could've worked? Do you think we were just in a clash between two civilizations? WHO's GonNa go on until one of the lots. Well as a former speaker of the house, you know how government works better than anybody on this planet in my opinion newt. Gingrich knows how the US government works better than anyone and I've always said that and I've always had you on in that capacity when I was interviewing you. The problem was that there was no understanding. Between the white. European settlers and the Indian nations they did not understand each other and made little attempt to. So it wasn't like we understood the King in England and we knew what he was doing to try to exploit us by taxing us but not giving us representation that wasn't what was going on because there was no central leadership in the Indian nations tecumseh tried he got killed and then the fear that the Indians in still. In the white man because they will brutal. Not all of them. Not all of them. But many the comanche in the Apaches Oh. If you got captured Mr, speaker? You would rather die. In fact, US soldiers always kept a bullet in the chamber even when they ran out of ammunition so they could kill themselves instead of being captured. That's how. Terrifying. The Indians were. So in the midst of all of this, there was no understanding. There was no attempt to be conciliatory. It was just who has more power we're taking over. In that context. Were you surprised as you got into this, not only that it was brutal on both sides but that comedian standpoint. They really didn't have many alternatives. Permanently squeezed and force westwood where they collided with other Indian tribes who also believe they had a right to be there see also a lot of Indian on Indian combat in addition to Indians attacking the European settlers. That went on from the dawn of North American settlement when the Indians came from Asia across the Bering Sea into Alaska and then migrated down South Indians always fought Indians. Always. A house in Montauk Long Island where I'm talking to you right now and the MONTOC. Indians. Were the first settlers here well, across Long Island sound in Connecticut there.