"You're probably correct, Private Cowley. Don't concern yourself with the location. We did our jobs. We verified the death of another Shawnee for Baron Jeffrey Amhearst. Thanks to the troops at Fort Pitt, François Lutree no longer presents a problem. Pierre should become contaminated once he touches his brother's body. With his death, the Shawnee loyal to France will have to trade with the British. It looks like we've had a glorious day, gentlemen. Everyone except for Cowley return to the station." - General of Turner's Station, pg. 8, Calico
In the first chapter of Calico we are introduced to a scenario where the British have eliminated the Shawnee trading party through the use of biological warfare. When I was writing this scene I had based this scenario around a real event. You can read about it here: http://www.politicsandthelifesciences.org/Biosecurity_course_folder/readings/fenn.html
The hardest thing to do when a reader is reading about something that happened in the past is to separate the present culture with the culture of the past.
Do you think it was morally wrong for the British to have given the Native American's smallpox infested blankets?
Do you think biological warfare is morally wrong today? Why or why not?
What are you wanting from the book club?
Where are you at in the reading of Calico?
Who is your favorite character?
What's your favorite line in this chapter?
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