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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West is a 1970 book by American writer Dee Brown that covers the history of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West is a 1970 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

Dee Brown's book should be required reading for every US citizen and on the book list for anyone considering US. .The massacre of the American Indian was nothing short of a holocaust. The reservations they were forced to live on were little better than concentration camps.

Dee Brown's book should be required reading for every US citizen and on the book list for anyone considering US citizenship. It "The "land of the free" is no longer "the home of the brave. It took me a long while to read this. Mostly this book gave me great respect for the beautiful culture and people that was nearly snuffed out. As a horrendously fast-paced and all-consuming America, we could certainly learn a lot from the Indians traditional way of life. Every American should read this book.

A true classic of American history, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown’s eloquent. I must admit I approached the book completely wrong. It took me about 150 pages to completely understand the approach of Brown. His approach is to give an overview of the injustices, but from the perspective of the Natives. This is quite clear in the verbiage; brown uses terms such as the Great Father, in reference to the President of the United States, and uses terms like ponies in reference to horses. This shows the simplicity of the Natives; actually, it is their simplicity and lack of understanding of European cunning that is their downfall.

Bibliography: p. 465-473. Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows the great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated

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When Dee Brown's history of the American West, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, was first published in 1970, it was unlike anything readers had seen before. For a century, legends and stories about the Old West had told of events from a strictly white perspective. The book has proved steadily successful since its initial publication, selling over five million copies worldwide. The first chapter of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee provides historical background about relations between Native Americans and whites prior to 1860.

The decade following establishment of the permanent Indian frontier was a bad time for the eastern tribes. The great Cherokee nation had survived more than a hundred years of the white man’s wars, diseases, and whiskey, but now it was to be blotted out. Because the Cherokees numbered several thousands, their removal to the West was planned to be in gradual stages, but the discovery of Appalachian gold within their territory brought on a clamor for their immediate wholesale exodus. During the autumn of 1838, General Winfield Scott’s soldiers rounded them up and concentrated them into camps.

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. 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.

A librarian for many years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dee Brown was the author of over twenty-five books on the American West and the Civil War.

Now a special 30th-anniversary edition in both hardcover and paperback, the classic bestselling history The New York Times called "Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking...Impossible to put down"Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent, fully documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold almost four million copies and has been translated into seventeen languages. For this elegant thirtieth-anniversary edition -- published in both hardcover and paperback -- Brown has contributed an incisive new preface.Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows the great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was really won.

Comments: (7)

Perilanim
Before Howard Zinn and his "people's history...", Brown composed this masterpiece of truth telling. Far from a vague account of noble savages, this is a telling of what white supremacy and manifest destiny cost the Native tribes here. It is fraught with a cruel, straight forward redundancy about the making of these United States. The West was not won but stolen--with massacres, forced marches, broken treaties, outright lies, unceasing dehumanization, determined injustice, and the deliberate dissolution of many indigenous civilizations. The brokenness of the reservation, generally, and sad plight of many descendants who remain is not at all mysterious.

This book is not a page turner, though it is interesting. Honestly, it's often difficult to read the accounts of treachery upon treachery. Yet, it is as important as anything I've read about the fallout of European colonialism, capitalism before humanity, and the making of this nation. The accounts are straightforward and never maudlin, yet I cannot imagine reading it carefully without sorrow or finishing it without a more thoughtful, critical view of US history. Bitter medicine.
Rleillin
Indeed it was heartbreaking; I thought I had been given quite a detailed, liberal, truthful education about the late 1800's in America in a great high school (I was lucky enough to live in a tiny Chicago suburb which got included with several large wealthy towns). I know I got even more detail and some broader facts (WHY were so many millions pouring into North America from Europe just then, putting so much pressure on the federal government, and then on the American Indians?). I even got to know a number of Indians during my first job , right out of Law School, in a small 2- lawyer firm, because my boss was determined not to let any Indian (most of them near our city were Menominiee or Oneida) go without legal representation when charged with a crime, and many of them were "working poor," just a hair over the "poverty line" for Public Defender (state-paid) attorneys. He never charged them anything for his or my work, and if the charge was a felony which occurred on their reservation, it was automatically a federal crime and handled in U.S. District Trial Court. That meant traveling three hour each way to Milwaukee for each court hearing. We talked a lot, about old times, their parents, grandparents, ancestors from before white settlers arrived in Wisconsin - stories were handed down for decades, often with sketches on skins, since the 1600's. This was a real eye-opener to me; I couldn't understand how they could be so polite to us whites. One man who was Tribal Court Judge (for non-felony crimes on the res.) laughed when I said that and said "Honey, we don't have any other choice."

Then, last week, I read "Bury My Heart..." I thought I had read the worst stuff, but I had not; in this beutifully-researched book, I read of the most inexcusable atrocities, read of the repeated land-grabs and treaty-breaking moves whenever gold, silver, water, or simply more land was desired. I knew that horrible things happened because there was no respect for the signed government contracts (treaties) or the general ethics and morals in the treatment of the millions of mostly-peaceable people who whose sole "crime" was to be here in North America first. I never knew, however, how direct the President and many Generals, such as Sheridan and then Sherman (he of the notorious and unnecessary "March to the Sea" near the end of the Civil War), constantly set up roadblocks to decent land even when tribes or sub-groups of tribes were willing to sign treaties and go to a reservation - Sherman often demanded death for chiefs as well as capitulation of all of the people under them. The famous "The only good Indian is a dead Indian" has been attributed to Gen. Sherman, as well. Brown's research brought me more surprises, in that I learned that President Grant was far more reasonable and even sympathetic to the Plains Indians than his generals, and he countermanded many orders resulting in saving the lives of well-loved Chiefs. Grant wisely appreciated that working with the chiefs would save lives, and pain of many kinds. (By the time Grant was Pres., most of the eastern and midwestern tribes had been subdued and driven onto reservations, fled to Canada, or were killed by European diseases or bullets).

The most shocking passages in this book need not be reviewed here; they are many, far more than I had ever imagined. At the slightest provocation, whole villages ( women, children, even unborn babies) were slaughtered while the adult male warriors were ready to do battle at a specific place arranged for, or at least well known by, the American troops, sometimes with paid enemy Indian agents' help. It was common, when the men came back to their village to see the horrors done to their families, for the soldiers to surround them and attack again, either to slaughter once more or take the Indians as prized slave-prisoners. Wounded Knee and Sand Creek, both named for peaceful little streams where Indians liked to set up camp, were two sites of such slaughter, and they are certainly not the only ones where any American Indian would want to bury his or her heart. What a book. Just the photographs are hauntingly beautiful. Every white American should read it. The problem is, the ones who need the education it offers the most would never, ever, read it. Too bad...
Doomwarden
Book review: “Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown

The history of colonial America is a dark one, comprising of broken promises, massacres, and land grabs. This much is clear to anyone not plagued by European and American exceptionalism. Dee Brown has done a phenomenal job at listing the plights of the Western Native Americans and their struggle against the colonizing forces which originated from various parts of Europe.

I must admit I approached the book completely wrong. It took me about 150 pages to completely understand the approach of Brown. His approach is to give an overview of the injustices, but from the perspective of the Natives. This is quite clear in the verbiage; brown uses terms such as “the Great Father,” in reference to the President of the United States, and uses terms like “ponies” in reference to horses. This shows the simplicity of the Natives; actually, it is their simplicity and lack of understanding of European cunning that is their downfall. From this perspective, the book is a literary masterpiece.

It must be said that the Natives did commit some atrocities. However, comparing the atrocities of the Europeans with the atrocities of the Natives will show that anyone who uses the war crimes of the Natives as an excuse or justification for their extinction is just deluded. The Natives committed some mistakes; however, those mistakes were created from desperation, not from choice, and from what I’ve seen, they were done in retaliation. Nonetheless, it was wrong. But, they were an anti-colonial group of people fighting for their survival and existence as a race. Natives usually fought in battles, Europeans attacked their wives and kids. Natives took hostages of women and children, but more than once, Europeans have engaged in mutilations of their captives. Alas, the Natives learned the practice of scalping from the Europeans. After all the crimes the Europeans committed, can anyone fail to see the rationalization behind the crimes of desperation committed by the Natives?

This book is topical, not necessarily spelling out the details or names of treaties agreed on between the European Americans and the Natives. Rather they are mentioned in passing. Perhaps reading another book alongside this one which talks about the specific treaties and comparing them against the dates in this book would be a good idea to have a clear understanding of the timeline. However, the topical arrangement of the book provides a decent amount of information on the major western tribes and their forced removal. The Natives simply wanted to preserve their way of life; they wanted to hunt buffalo, farm if that was their lifestyle, and raise their families in peace. This much is clear.

I give the book a 10/10 for content. It is a bit dragging towards the end as the book thins out while being a bit too repetitive in style and arrangement. However, it is still a masterpiece and a classic, providing original insights from firsthand sources (the firsthand sources are a hugely underrated part of the book.)
Uste
I read the book decades ago, but after having read "Trail of Tears" I wanted to read it again. I feel it to be a historical classic book, as it relates to the consistent mistreatment of the Native American population. I'm very pleased I bought the illustrated edition, as it adds greatly to the overall learning experience and reading enjoyment.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West download epub
Humanities
Author: Dee Brown
ISBN: 0805066691
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 30th Anniversary edition (January 23, 2001)
Pages: 512 pages