Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 Oct 2009
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"Shattering, appalling, compelling...One wonders, reading this searing, heartbreaking book, who, indeed, were the savages."--William McPherson, "The Washington Post" "Extraordinarily powerful."--Nat Hentoff "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"
Extraordinarily powerful. "Nat Hentoff"
Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking . . . Impossible to put down. "The New York Times"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The shocking and compelling story about the original inhabitants of America and the first book to focus on their plight. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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"Bury My Heart" is the harrowing tale of the systematic conning, concentrating and extermination of the Native Americans of the United States between the 1830s and 1870s.
Told chronologically, it relates tribe-by-tribe the incredible levels of deep-seated racism and greed displayed by white prospectors, settlers, soldiers and politicians as they carved up the vast land of North America into its component states and territories in their boardrooms and forts, with the Native Americans trampled underfoot along the way.
Not legally recognised as "people" (with the sole exception of Standing Bear, who managed to become a person only through legal action), the indiginous occupants of North America were confronted by soldiers tribe by tribe, and told to move out of the place they lived, and onto a reservation - or be killed. The Native Americans who agreed ended up on reservation land which was no use to the whites - that it, no use for hunting, farming, or living. The rations fed to them were not fit for human consumption, and on some reservations, most simply died from disease or starvation. Those who tried to complain, resist, or leave were imprisoned or killed. For the Native Americans that fought, they resisted long and hard but eventually they became vastly outnumbered. Originally they were only a few million in number themselves, but with another ten million new white faces arriving each and every year over the period written about, the already rapidly-diminished native population found itself up against unconquerable odds.Read more ›
Dee Brown has put a great deal of work into this book and I hope he is extremely proud of it. I will be buying it and I shall read it again. There is such an abundance of information and numerous people are mentioned (he gives so many the centre stage, I admire that) that I know I will have missed something, as one can when one reads a piece of literature only once.
This book is a breakthrough and would be an essential part of any historical research.
If the only good Indian was a dead Indian, and if civilisation was to prevail, this book is a stark examination of the lack of morality in the process, or at least the victory of might and legality over right.
One thing never mentioned in discussions about the US war of Independence is that the British wished to maintain treaties with the Indians and protect their land rights wheareas the Washingtonians were already in the process of making a land grab before the war took place. The Indians took the side of the British and they had hell to pay long afterwards as they were wiped off the face of America, along with the Bison.
Geronimo, Sitting Bull and Custer's last stand. Read about it here.
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I read this book for the first time many years ago and was profoundly affected by it. Having recently visted several different areas of America in the last 5 years I decided to... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Lisa Anne Dearman
This book brings tears to my eyes each time I read it. We have a lot to answer for.Published 21 days ago by David Hollingsworth
Wonderful alternative and true history. A great change from the bloody westerns I endured as a kid.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
So sad how badly they were treated. I had no idea. I always thought of Indians as savages who killed white men for pleasure. I know differently now. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Grimwig
Although this is the second time I have been asked to review this purchase, I have no problem in doing so,as it gives me the chance to say again what a powerful, matter of fact,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by lynn haggan