The Great Command

Finalist, National Book Awards 1960 for Nonfiction

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Nard Jones, with the aid of contemporary letters, mission documents and the fascinating diaries of the pioneer women, tells of the Whitman’s rough journey West 1n 1836, and their settlement near the present site of Walla Walla, Washington. The physical and mental hardships of these brave pioneers are explored with sympathy – and also the resentment of the Indians, which finally exploded on a November day in 1847 when they massacred the Whitmans and a dozen others at the mission at Waiilatpu.