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

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

Author: Dee Brown
Publisher: Henry Holt
Copyright: 1970
Pages: 512
Cover Price: $ 17.00

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The Wounded Knee Massacre brought to an end the Indian wars of the 19th century. The army force that brought it about was the Seventh Cavalry, which had made its "last stand" with Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn two decades earlier. 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, 30th 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.

Background Information

Multiple medals of honor were given to US Army troops who massacred at least 150 mostly unarmed men, women and children at Wounded Knee. The Seventy Cavalry was the principal Army force assigned to fighting Indians after the Civil War. The Battle of the Little Big Horn resulted in the annihilation of all the troops under the command of Col. George Custer by Sioux Indians.