Retribution or Revenge?
The 1847 Whitman “Massacre” horrified Americans and impacted the lives of the peoples of the Columbia Plateau for decades afterwards. Was killing the Whitmans justified legal retribution, an act of revenge, or some combination of both?The circumstances that surround this tragic event resonate with modern issues of cultural interaction and differing perspectives.
Did You Know?
A statue is near the campus of Whitman College of Marcus Whitman. The inscription at the base says, 'MY PLANS REQUIRE TIME AND DISTANCE'.