The Fur Trader and the Indian Author:Lewis O. Saum The Fur Trader and the Indian analyzes the image of the Indian that impressed itself upon the consciousness of the earliest settlers on the American frontier. — Saum shows that the traders and the Indians were human beings with human faults. In so doing, he dispels the idea that the trader was an unconscionable degenerate or legendary mountain ma... more »n. Likewise, the Indian does not appear as either savage beast or the 'noble savage.'
From a survey of primary sources, Saum has drawn vivid sketches of men of the fur trade and the lives they led, and he has deciphered important patterns of belief and attitude which contributed to the shape of frontier history. The book brings together a vast amount of previously widely scattered material and is well organized for ready reference.