Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

An Indian History of the American West

Book - 1971
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Doumented account of the decimation of Native Americans in the last half of the 19th century, told from the Indian viewpoint.
Publisher: New York : Holt, Rinehart & Winston, [1971, c1970]
Edition: [first edition]
ISBN: 9780030853227
Branch Call Number: 970.5 BRO
Characteristics: xvii, 487 pages :,illustrations, music, portraits ;,24 cm.


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Apr 29, 2019

The Washington Post said it best...."shattering, appalling, compelling.....one wonders, who, indeed, were the savages." Used this years ago as a textbook in a high school class. It haunted me for years and reading it again makes me sad. It's a hard book to read. Makes you rethink "How The West Was Won."

Nov 16, 2018

It was not just Indians who were hostile during the fight for The American West; the White man, and the Mexicans, were hostile, too. There were good and bad Indians, there were good and bad Whites there were good and bad Mexicans. This book was published in 1970 - important to remember. It is a history of the American West in the late 1800s as seen and told from the Native American Indian point of view. The narrative is in the voice of the Native Indian. That was unique for 1970. For the most part, in the mid-1900s, movies, TV and books had not been kind to the American Indian, with a few exceptions (the 1950 movie "Broken Arrow" is one; Stanley Vestal's 1957 book "Sitting Bull, Champion Of The Sioux" is another). For the 1950s-1960s generation, many of whom brought up on Rawhide, Wagon Train and F-Troop, reading "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" was an eye-opener, adequately describing the Indians as many tribes of people; human beings that had families, children, elderly, and an intricate system of relationships - with many noble and admirable individuals, fighting to preserve their way of life - and life was brutal back then. Indian tribes did fight each other, but this book deals mainly with the Indian's conflicts with the white Americans who moved westward, and with the Mexicans to a smaller extent. A lot of the sympathy felt now for the Native American Indian got its kick-start from this book. And it was a white man who did the research and writing.

Aug 23, 2017

Too much needless information and not enough of a narrative to hold it together. I was hoping for more details on Native American culture and how the American Indian survived and held together through their mass killing. It mostly just talks about all the murder and genocide without any nuance.

Aug 22, 2017

The very notion that the Indian side of the story hasn't been told is absolutely beyond comprehension. The only side of the story being told for the last fifty years on TV, in movies, books, talk shows and the media has been the prejudiced, white hating Indian side. With complete disregard for facts and retelling flat-out myths, Dee Brown presents all Indians as noble humanitarians and Whites as blood thirsty monsters. It is unfortunate that so many on the left fall for this racist propaganda. But luckily, historians are starting to chart a truthful account that follows a middle road. There were blood thirsty monsters on both sides, and noble humanitarians too. Avoid the obviously partisan accounts of western history like this one, and find the real story in books like " Son of the Morning Star " by Evan S Connell.

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