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Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West [Paperback]

Dee Brown , Amy Ehrlich
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Nov. 15 1993
Dee Brown's bestselling adult book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, opened the eyes of a generation to the Indian struggle to survive the white man's expansion. This young adult edition relates the profoundly disturbing story of the plunder of the great Indian nations.

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First published in 1970, this extraordinary book changed the way Americans think about the original inhabitants of their country. Beginning with the Long Walk of the Navajos in 1860 and ending 30 years later with the massacre of Sioux men, women, and children at Wounded Knee in South Dakota, it tells how the American Indians lost their land and lives to a dynamically expanding white society. During these three decades, America's population doubled from 31 million to 62 million. Again and again, promises made to the Indians fell victim to the ruthlessness and greed of settlers pushing westward to make new lives. The Indians were herded off their ancestral lands into ever-shrinking reservations, and were starved and killed if they resisted. It is a truism that "history is written by the victors"; for the first time, this book described the opening of the West from the Indians' viewpoint. Accustomed to stereotypes of Indians as red savages, white Americans were shocked to read the reasoned eloquence of Indian leaders and learn of the bravery with which they and their peoples endured suffering. With meticulous research and in measured language overlaying brutal narrative, Dee Brown focused attention on a national disgrace. Still controversial but with many of its premises now accepted, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee has sold 5 million copies around the world. Thirty years after it first broke onto the national conscience, it has lost none of its importance or emotional impact. --John Stevenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This 1970 volume greatly changed the view of pioneers' westward advancement. Based largely on primary source materials, this volume details how white settlers forced Indian tribes off the plains, often simply by killing them. Though Hollywood and penny dreadfuls portrayed Indians as red devils who launched unprovoked attacks on innocent homesteaders, Brown's research shows that the opposite is closer to the truth. The text is buttressed with numerous period photos. An essential purchase. (LJ 12/15/70)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book recounts the trials and tribulations that the indigenous people have gone through, and continues to go through to this day. Being of Native descent, I found it hard with the history lessons taught in schools. A little too one-sided? I think not. Remember, history is HIS story -- the Europeans' version of what truly happened centuries ago. It has taken too long for us to have our story told. The indigenous people were keepers of the land, and never claimed to own the land. We never had any concept of the value of gold. We lived with the land and were one with it. Was it right to drive them from their homes? To have hundreds of men, women and children die during their walk of the Trail of Tears? I clearly do not remember any of this being taught in history class. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. Read it with an open mind and heart and understand history as it truly was! It is not one-sided in any sense of the phrase. Being one-sided is not telling the whole truth!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start to learn more Feb. 20 2003
I read this book way back in 1977 when I was a student. I'm half English and knew little of American History. It was a very profound read then and I felt an enormous amount of sympathy in reading it for a culture that was doomed by the arrival of Europeans. I have looked at some of the reviews and those that criticise it seem to dislike the one-sided approach that portray's Indians as Good and White man as Bad. To them I would point out that for a long time we have had the image of Indians as Bad thrust at us by movies and TV shows. I don't think I'm wrong in believing that there was already a stereotype that potrayed Indians as murderous savages, and that is from looking at it in England. So, I thinks it's ok to have something that discriminates so postively in favour of a race that was vilified at so many levels. However, nobody should rely on just one source as the whole story.
If you really care, you will read more than one book and find out as much as possible. I'm sure doing so will show that as with everything it is never a simplisitc black and white picture, there is always good and bad on sides and there is always something right and wrong in both too.
Whatever your views, I think it would be hard to deny that their culture and race was overwhelmed and almost completely destroyed by the immigration of Europeans. We will never know if the cultures could have co-existed peacefully and the fact they didn't probably proves they couldn't.
That doesn't make either side right or wrong. It does show that we find it easier to go to war with foreign cultures than embrace them and that has been a fact throughout history. It seems that in human relations one side has to be defeated and broken rather than respected and equal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A REAL History Lesson June 1 2001
By Crow
Watched the History Channel lately? How about TLC or Discovery? For that matter, read any history books recently?
Forget it all.
It took about 400 pages, but Dee Brown has shown me that what I know of American history is bunk. This is the truth behind our heritage and our country.
Here is the story of the systematic destruction of an entire people. Thousands and thousands of lives lost to lies, racism, hate, greed, and stupidity. All so the U-S could have more and more and more land. The house you live in is built on land won at the cost of an Indian tribe. Chilling to say the least.
Brown's writing is so objective it feels nearly disconnected and remote. And for good reason. You can decide for yourself how horrible the truth is. Brown doesn't need to garnish the facts with commentary.
Highly recommended, and nearly perfect. I only wish the book included map platelets so I could more easily understand the many battles, tribal exoduses, treaty promises, etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No joy in this book Sept. 23 2001
I usually read books for enjoyment and to learn something; didn't enjoy this one very much but I sure did learn a lot. It's the sad and depressing story of what happened to the American Indians during the westward expansion between 1860 and 1890. Each of the 19 chapters could stand alone as a tale of how some Indian tribe was lied to, cheated, abused, or even worse, massacered. I was struck by the never ending courage, hope and patience of the Indians. Despite years of broken treaties and mistreatment at the hands of the U.S government and land grabbing citizens, they still dreamed of a day when they could coexist peacefully with white men. They just wanted to be left alone, on land that belonged to them.
Read this book to get a different perspective on what really happened during that time, but don't expect to feel good after you're done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Anyone interested in history should read this book. It is full of extremely poignant stories, each of which would make for a great film or TV mini-series. While it sometimes degnerates into polemic, the facts speak so loudly for themselves that they cannot be ignored.
I gave this book as a gift to my wife when she was about to emigrate to the US, more than ten years ago. She gobbled it up and we still discuss it.
When I read this book, I wanted to learn more, perhaps read an entire history, about every story or chapter. THere are fascinating characters that crop up, only to abruptly disappear, and many threads left uncovered. This is not a criticism, as it is a survey, but it was frustrating.
You will not forget this book. Get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wounded knee
have not read this book yet but what i read of it so far seems to be interesting thank you
Published 3 months ago by shorty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This was a gift for a family member. Very interesting read and very happy to have known the author and his works.
Published 6 months ago by Phillymon
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
it was in good condition and fast service.
It is a very moving and emotional book that captures the unjust and unfair suffering of a people and nation.
Published 13 months ago by jessica vandenheuvel
5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE - (photos speak too)
I read 156 books last year, a mix of non fiction & memoir or autobiography mostly. I passed this cover a few times before finally deciding to read it . Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sheryl in Vancouver
5.0 out of 5 stars Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
This is a piece of History that a lot of people don't know about.
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Published 17 months ago by judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Human tragedy, and greed, on an epic scale
This is a book that should make any human reader very angry and very sad. It is the history of the Western Native Americans (American in the strict sense of the word, not North... Read more
Published on July 18 2010 by A. Volk
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener
The best book about the rality of the lies that the white america use to destroy the indian civilisation and steal there territories. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2010 by Henri Jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This book is a classic and a big inspiration for my own work on the Lakota Sioux and Wounded Knee: They Never Surrendered: The Lakota Sioux Band That Stayed in Canada.
Published on May 4 2008 by Ronald J. Papandrea
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the three essential books on Native American life and history
There are three books you need to read if you want to understand the Native American experience or the American experience from Native American eyes. Read more
Published on May 27 2007 by Lakota
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes me angry.......
This book first of all has fantastic details and has the closest depictions of the Indian Wars during this time period. Read more
Published on April 18 2004 by Lil'Princess
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