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Murder in Their Hearts: The Fall Creek Massacre
by David Thomas Murphy
Indiana Historical Society Press, 2010
Paper: 978-0-87195-285-1 | eISBN: 978-0-87195-302-5
Library of Congress Classification F532.M2M87 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.800977257

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In March 1824 a group of angry and intoxicated settlers brutally murdered nine Indians camped along a tributary of Fall Creek. The carnage was recounted in lurid detail in the contemporary press, and the events that followed sparked a national sensation. Murder in Their Hearts: The Fall Creek Massacre tells that, although violence between settlers and Native Americans was not unusual during the early nineteenth century, in this particular incident the white men responsible for the murders were singled out and hunted down, brought to trial, convicted by a jury of their neighbors, and, for the first time under American law, sentenced to death and executed for the murder of Native Americans.

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