Wounded Knee

An Indian History of the American West

Paperback, 224 pages

English language

Published Nov. 15, 1993 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR).

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West is a 1970 non-fiction book by American writer Dee Brown that covers the history of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century. The book expresses details of the history of American expansionism from a point of view that is critical of its effects on the Native Americans. Brown describes Native Americans' displacement through forced relocations and years of warfare waged by the United States federal government. The government's dealings are portrayed as a continuing effort to destroy the culture, religion, and way of life of Native American peoples. Helen Hunt Jackson's 1881 book A Century of Dishonor is often considered a nineteenth-century precursor to Dee Brown's book.Before the publication of Bury My Heart..., Brown had become well-versed in the history of the American frontier. Having grown up in Arkansas, he developed a keen …

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Dee Brown is the conscience of America. This book, which I read many years ago, is one of the few that has stayed with me for decades. Reading Sarah Vowell's account in the Wordy Shipmates of the massacre of the Pequods by the Massachusetts Bay Colony put me again in mind of this American classic, a bloody chronicle of the subsequent history of the ethnic cleansing of the American Indian. I echo the sentiments of those who say it should be required reading in every high school in America.

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