Daniel Boone in Boonesborough I

Lead: In the Spring of 1775 Daniel Boone led a party of settlers into the Valley of the Kentucky River and established the village of Boonesborough.
Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.
Content: The settlement was a part of a large land development scheme promoted by Richard Henderson of North Carolina. Boone was promised substantial acreage if he would guide the party and negotiate safe passage from the Cherokees who lived in the area. 

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Lewis and Clark Expedition

Lead: Ocean in view, oh! The Joy.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: "Great joy in camp... We are view of the ocean... This great Pacific Ocean which we have been so long anxious to See." Thus William Clark announced of the end of their long trek, but this entry in his journal on November 7, 1805 was wrong. As he was to find out, he was actually viewing the huge estuary of the Columbia River whose salty and brackish waters stretch 20 miles inland from its mouth in present day Washington state.

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Battle of Wounded Knee II

Lead: The last major action in the Indian Wars was a major mistake, a culmination of fear, frustration, misunderstanding and false assumptions.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The massacre at Wounded Knee Creek in late December 1890 happened resulted from a religious revival among certain clans of the Sioux Confederation and a long-running dispute between the Indian Bureau, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Army.

 

 

Battle of Wounded Knee I

Lead: The last major armed conflict between whites and Native Americans ended on December 29, 1890 along Wounded Knee creek.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the cold early morning hours of December 29, 1890 elements of 7th and 9th United States Cavalry surrounded approximately 350 Miniconjous Sioux led by Big Foot camped at Wounded Knee twenty miles from the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in southwestern South Dakota. Within a brief time over 150 Sioux had been killed with another 44 wounded about half were women and children. More would later die of exposure. Army casualties were not small. Over 60 troopers were wounded or killed. In retrospect, such a high sacrifice of life on both sides made little sense. It resulted from broken promises, emotional despair, faulty expectations, professional ineptitude, and bureaucratic infighting.

 

 

The Seminole Indians – Part II

Lead: Between 1817 and 1858 the United States government prosecuted three costly wars in Florida against the Seminole Indians. The first of those wars launched the presidential career of Andrew Jackson.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: By 1817 the United States government pursued a policy to aggressively open territory for white homesteaders. As settlers from Georgia moved south into Florida, then Spanish territory occupied by Seminole Indians, hostilities between the Seminoles and settlers provoked first Seminole War (1817-1818). Troops led by General Andrew Jackson defeated the Seminoles, and the clans fled south, deeper into Florida. In 1821 the U.S. acquired Florida from Spain, and fearing a powerful new American government, the Seminoles under treaty surrendered their tribal lands in northern Florida, moved reserved land in central Florida, and accepted in good promises of the U.S. government for protection.

 

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The Seminole Indians – Part I

Lead: In 1817 the dramatic Seminole struggle for survival began. It was the first of three wars the U.S. fought to bring them to heel.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Seminole Indians were not native to Florida. They were a clan of Creek nation who lived in what is Georgia and Alabama. English settlers called them “Creeks” because they inhabited the banks of rivers and streams in the southeastern America. During the early 1700s, in search of fertile ground, to avoid other tribal groups and a desire to escape the conflict with the ever-increasing tide of Europeans some of the Creeks, called the “lower Creeks” (because they lived furthest south), moved into northern Florida, which was then Spanish territory. This group of Creeks, and other Native Americans living in this region, soon became known as the Seminoles, “runaways” perhaps a corruption of the Spanish word Cimarron, meaning “wild” or “runaway.”

 

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Last Full Measure – Wovoka, Ghost Dancer

Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time (is presented by the people of _________ and) is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose devotion gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: By the late 1880s many of the Plains tribes had been forced onto reservations. With their main source of food, the buffalo, hunted to near extinction, hunger and disease were rampant. Mismanagement and corruption within the Bureau of Indian Affairs resulted in a lack of rations and supplies and overall poor living conditions. In the wake of hopelessness and despair, a religious movement spread through Indian encampments throughout the west.

 

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The Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute II

Lead: The Hopi-Navajo land dispute derives much of its intensity because it is wrapped up in issues of energy independence, resource exploitation, and environmental annihilation.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: After centuries of peaceful cohabitation, the arrival of white civilization pushed the Hopi and Navajo tribes into close proximity in the Four Corners region of northeast Arizona. What would be a normal intertribal dispute caused by the crowding, has been vastly complicated because their individual and shared lands sit on top of enormous energy resources, particularly coal.