Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

An Indian History of the American West : the Illustrated Edition

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For the first time: a full-color illustrated edition of Dee Brown’s classic history of the American West!

Eloquent, heartbreaking, and meticulously documented, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee follows the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the 19th century. Upon its publication in 1970, the book was universally lauded and became a cultural phenomenon that proved instrumental in transforming public perceptions of manifest destiny and the “winning” of the West.

Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown’s work highlighted the voices of those American Indians who actually experienced the battles, massacres, and broken treaties. Here is their view of the events that ultimately left them demoralized and defeated, including: the Battle of Sand Creek; Red Cloud’s War; the Battle of the Little Bighorn; and, of course, the Wounded Knee Massacre. Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Spotted Tail—the great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Cheyenne, and other tribes—come to life through their own words and formal portraits.

Now, hundreds of illustrations—including maps, photographs, sketches, and paintings—enhance Brown’s masterpiece, making it even more vivid and personal. In addition to the incredible images, this edition also features relevant excerpts from such highly acclaimed Native-American themed books as Where White Men Fear to Tread by Russell Means, Mystic Chords of Memory by Michael Kammen, and Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog, as well as all-new essays by contemporary historians and Native American leaders like Elliott West and Joseph Marshall III.



Baker & Taylor
Documents, personal narratives, and illustrations record the experiences of Native Americans during the nineteenth century.

Publisher: New York : Sterling Innovation, 2009
ISBN: 9781402760662
1402760663
Branch Call Number: 970.1 BRO
Characteristics: xiv, 544 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm

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RyMac92
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.

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johnbacich
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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lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2015

One of the most shameful episodes in American history was the displacement/murder of the Indians as the country expanded Westward in the 19th century. It's still rarely taught in schools and widely ignored in our culture, but it can't be ignored. Dee Brown's sympathetic, gripping, and ultimately heartbreaking book tells the story from the Indians' perspective, using first hand accounts to create a vivid portrait of a an entire population robbed of their land, honor, and sometimes lives. It's one of the saddest books you will ever read, but it is absolutely essential. Every American should read it and think about it.

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