On March 10, 1804, in St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States, completing the Louisiana Purchase. The ensuing years would becomes decades of white settler expansion onto tribal lands never truly owned by the French despite coming under the Purchase. The people of the land would fall victim to genocide, segregation, and extreme poverty. A glimpse of that aftermath is seen in the novel, Winter in the Blood, published in 1974 by James Welch. Welch’s narrator experiences an identity crisis while living on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in central Montana. Welch paints a portrait to depict how one can come to terms with tragedy and suffering in life.

Book Title: Winter in the Blood

Book Author: James Welch

ISBN Number: 0143105221 (ISBN13: 9780143105220)

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