Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
An Indian History of the American West
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The “fascinating” #1 New York Times bestseller that awakened the world to the destruction of American Indians in the nineteenth-century West (The Wall Street Journal).
First published in 1970, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee generated shockwaves with its frank and heartbreaking depiction of the systematic annihilation of American Indian tribes across the western frontier. In this nonfiction account, Dee Brown focuses on the betrayals, battles, and massacres suffered by American Indians between 1860 and 1890. He tells of the many tribes and their renowned chiefs—from Geronimo to Red Cloud, Sitting Bull to Crazy Horse—who struggled to combat the destruction of their people and culture. Forcefully written and meticulously researched, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee inspired a generation to take a second look at how the West was won. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
“Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking . . . Impossible to put down.” —The New York Times “Shattering, appalling, compelling . . . One wonders, reading this searing, heartbreaking book, who, indeed, were the savages.” —William McPherson, The Washington Post “A fascinating, painful document . . . illustrated with magnificent Indian portraits.” —The Wall Street Journal “A first-rate account . . . strongly and ardently written.” —The New Yorker “A narrative of singular intensity.” —N. Scott Momaday, Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist
Dorris Alexander “Dee” Brown (1908–2002) was a celebrated author of both fiction and nonfiction, whose classic study Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is widely credited with exposing the systematic destruction of American Indian tribes to a world audience. Brown was born in Louisiana and grew up in Arkansas. He worked as a reporter and a printer before enrolling at Arkansas State Teachers College, where he met his future wife, Sally Stroud. He later earned two degrees in library science, and worked as a librarian while beginning his career as a writer. He went on to research and write more than thirty books, often centered on frontier history or overlooked moments of the Civil War. Brown continued writing until his death in 2002.
This book is an excellent read if you are at all curious about how and why Native Americans were systematically harrassed, tricked and ultimately eliminated. I highly reccomend this book.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Heartbreaking. I never cease to be amazed at the inhumanity man can show to his fellow man, and the white, so-called, intelligent man has been responsible for so many atrocities worldwide. As a new US citizen, this book has been an eye-opener for me and it's a book I have had on my list for years. I remember the effect it had on my father when he read it in the 80s, and it was despair. I despair.
I have waited a long time to read this book. I just finished it tonight. It is a pity what has been done to these people.they were robbed of everything not once but several times. As a man of history, it makes me ashamed to be a part of the government that did these things to a noble people.