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Oklahoma Profile: Angie Debo – Part 1


February 9, 2018

Angie Debo, who lived from 1890 to 1988, was a leading historian of the American West at a time when most historians were men. And she became infamous among those male historians for writing about American Indians in a positive manner.

To Debo, Native Americans were people who had been mistreated by the U.S. government and they were not the bloodthirsty savages many male historians portrayed them to be.

Before Debo came along, historians of the American West generally saw the region’s Indian inhabitants as a barrier to westward movement by European Americans who were trying to bring “civilizat...

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