First published in 1906, Geronimo
is the collaborative work between Geronimo, chief of the Chiricahua Apache, and author
S. M. Barrett. The latter was given special permission from President Theodore Roosevelt to interview Geronimo while he was a prisoner of war at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. What Barrett recorded is a blunt, firsthand account of the twenty-five years Geronimo spent fighting the U.S. government.
In Geronimo, the famous Native American discusses the history of the Apache people—where they came from, their early life, and their tribal customs and manners. Geronimo expresses his personal views on how the white men who settled in the West negatively affected his tribe, from wrongs done to his people and removal from their homeland to Geronimo’s imprisonment and forced surrender.
This is the perfect book for anyone interested in the history of
America and its native peoples, and this true-life account—from one of the most well-known figures in our country’s history—is both thrilling and sobering.
Geronimo (1829–1909) was a leader and medicine man of the
Chiricahua Apache tribe. He fought against both the United
States and Mexico as they encroached into his tribal lands, known famously as the Apache Wars. He eventually surrendered to the U.S. army and was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he was kept as a prisoner of war until his death.
S. M. Barrett (1865–1948) was the superintendent of schools
in Lawton, Oklahoma, when he interviewed Geronimo, who was then a prisoner of war. He authored a few works of fiction as well as Barrett’s Practical Pedagogy.
“He and his men were the terror of the country, always leaving a trail of bloodshed and devastation.”