As Sherlock Holmes famously said, 'When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.'
Hello from Modist Brewing. I will preface this review with the fact that this Fruit Punch Milkshake IPA from Modist is stellar. The book was really good. But this beer is stellar.
I learned a lot reading this. I knew nothing about the "Reign of Terror" in Oklahoma. In the 19th century, the United States government forced a Midwestern Native American tribe to move from Kansas to land in present day Oklahoma. Shortly thereafter, members of this tribe became some of the richest people in the world. They held mineral rights to Osage County in Oklahoma, which was rich with oil reserves. In 1923, the Osage Nation brought in $30 million for the year.
How did white America react to the Osage Nation’s newfound wealth? Well, first they married members of the Osage tribe. Then, they slowly poisoned their husbands and wives. Upon the death of their spouses, they inherited the Osage oil fortune. Hundreds of members of the Osage Nation died as white Americans married them, murdered them, and then inherited their fortunes. The methods of murder were disturbing, to say the least. In one situation, the white husband of an Osage woman requested that doctors treat his wife’s diabetes with injections of poison instead of insulin.
This book is terrifying and relatively dense in parts, but worth wading through to get at the heart of this shameful time in our history. Please comment if you've read this! Would love to discuss it.