Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee tells the true story of the systematic eradication of native peoples in the American West between 1860 and 1890. Weaving together eyewitness accounts and official records, Brown's seminal work debunks the whitewashed myths of how the West was won.
Manifest Destiny
Whites justified killing Native Americans to expand the United States farther west.
Violent Resistance
Native tribes resorted to violence when peaceful resistance was ignored.
American Betrayal
U.S. officials lied and cheated to steal land from native tribes.
Red Cloud
Oglala Sioux chief; leads the fight to close three U.S. forts in Wyoming and Montana
Black Kettle
Southern Cheyenne chief; views treaties as the best way to achieve peace
Sitting Bull
Celebrity H unkpapa Sioux chief; refuses to live on reservation lands
William T. Sherman
U.S. Army general and Civil War hero; takes military control of all reservations
November 1864
The Cheyenne are ambushed at Sand Creekby U.S. soldiers.
June 1876
The Battle of Little Bighorn is the U.S. Army's greatest defeat.
December 1890
Lakota Sioux are massacred near Wounded Knee Creek.
DEE BROWN 1908-2002
A native of Arkansas, Brown's fascination with the Native Americans began in college when he visited the western United States with a professor. The university and government librarian wrote 30 books, including 11 novels, over the course of his illustrious career, nearly all of them about his favorite subject.