The December issue of Smithsonian magazine carries a story about the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, located in eastern Colorado. It adds another aspect to the Civil War which is not even taught in schools: the westward expansion and destruction of Native Americans.

The book titled Bonfire, the Siege and Burning of Atlanta, devoted the opening chapters on the wars against Cherokee, among other Indian tribes.

The connection between the wars against Indian tribes and the Civil War is the debate and compromise whether newly obtained territories should be free or slave states.

Although the majority of Americans don’t know or don’t want to know about this part of the history, it is admirable to see such a site created within the National Park Service. Combining that with the congressional report on CIA torture, I have to say that this government is strong and full of confidence.