This engaging and informative book chronicles the events leading up to and including the Wounded Knee massacre of 1890.
The Indian wars of the 19th century played an intrinsic role in shaping American history. During the half-century period from 1840 through 1890, the Plains Indians found themselves in unavoidable conflicts with white settlers, particularly the United States government and its military forces. As a result, these native residents lost their freedom and their way of life as nomadic hunters and were eventually forced onto reservations.
The Wounded Knee Massacre: Landmarks of the American Mosaic focuses on events from the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876 to the tragic slaughter of 300 Lakota Sioux on December 29, 1890. The book closely examines the factors and circumstances that led up to the slaughter, providing an accessible and straightforward look into the Wounded Knee massacre that will captivate both high school and college-level students. An explanation of the event's legacy, including the Native American takeover of Wounded Knee in the 1970s, is also presented.
• A timeline of precursory events, including the Bighorn Battle and the misinterpretation of the Sioux Ghost Dance, enables students to see how the events unfolded
• Concise biographies of key figures introducing the players involved and their part in the event
• A bibliography of both print and nonprint sources guides readers in conducting further research
• A glossary containing a comprehensive listing of Sioux terms and expressions
About the Author
Martin Gitlin is a freelance writer based in Cleveland, OH.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword ix
Chronology of Native American-U.S. Government Relations, 1804-1891 xvii
1 Setting the Stage 1
2 Bighorn and Beyond 19
3 Beginning of the End 37
4 The Ghost Dance 55
5 Prelude to a Slaughter 71
6 The Massacre and Its Aftermath 87
7 Epilogue: The Siege at Wounded Knee, 1973 103
Biographies of Key Figures 111
Primary Documents 133
Annotated Bibliography 175