This is a very interesting story, well written and documented.  For me, an Arizona transplant (30 years) from another tribal area in MN (30 years), it is important and fundamental history that tells the tale of how my home area was developed.  My family settled in Wisconsin (from a very poor existence in northern Norway) after the American Indians had been rounded up and shipped off to foreign lands (Florida, Alabama, etc).   So we were never directly involved in the persecution of the Native Americans.  This book is not just about Mickey Free though.   It is more about the plight of the Indian people of that time to-the-present.  I am personally saddened by the way the “settlement of the west” was conducted by the US government in the mid-to-late 1800′s.   Allan pulled the information together, telling the story from Army and government owned records.  I live in Apache County Arizona (15 years) where much of this history took place.  I believe Allan’s account to be objective, factual and pristine.  I feel like I now know what happened during an era that is so important to the current situation of the Apache and Indian people who still predominate the area.   The prejudice still exists.  I will do what I can to speak respectfully and persitently about the fine people who were chased, run down and imprisoned for being here, in the way of progress. Thanks Mickey Free, and Thanks Allan Radbourne.  God bless you and yours.


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3 responses to “Jon Dahl- On Allan’s Radbourne’s MICKEY FREE: APACHE CAPTIVE: INTERPRETIVE AND INDIAN SCOUT, Western History

  1. gibson

    i love history.its websites thats educating me on my history

  2. Rudy Ethelbah

    I too found this book about Mickey Free was well done by Allan Radbourne and his reseach into the
    histoy of the Apache people of that time period was
    intresting as well. I am the great, great grandson of
    Mickey Free and his daughter Fanny Free was my
    grandmother. Fanny Free’s daughter is my mother.
    My mother’s name is Freda Josay Ethelbah and she
    has turned 90 years old and still uses her grandfather
    Mickey Free’s land in Seven Mile, not far from Fort
    Apache. We are very proud of Mickey Free and we
    love to see pictures of him, whenever we can fine them and we also like to read about him because there are so many versions about him from each

  3. charlie

    I am the great great grandson of Victor who also a Mexican captive from Sonora Mexico who turn Apache along the way and who took part in kidnaping Mickey Free when he was a small child in Sonoita Arizona in 1861, it amazes that a apache woman knew that Victor with other Apache Chiefs where there that day it happen, am a member of the San Carlos Apache Nation

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