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Geronimo: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies) [Hardcover]

Mary A. Stout

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Book Description

October 13, 2009 031334454X 978-0313344541

A revered Apache spiritual and military leader and a recurring figure in pop culture lore, Geronimo was a key figure during the settlement of the American Southwest. He led one of the last major independent Indian uprisings and personified the struggle of Native Americans during westward expansion. Geronimo: A Biography explores the life of this legendary leader, a man who has become an icon of the courageous—and doomed—struggle of the Native Americans.

This biography follows Geronimo's life from his traditional Apache upbringing to his final days as a celebrity prisoner of war. It discusses the historical and social forces at work during the period, including Native American traditions and lifeways. It also shows how Geronimo's surrender in 1886 marked the end of the traditional Native American way of life. No longer free to roam the lands of their forefathers, Indians faced a future of captivity and a struggle to maintain their identity and traditions.

Editorial Reviews


• Provides an objective, authoritative, and accessible biography of a key figure in Native American history

• Offers a higher-level, more sophisticated alternative to the many Geronimo biographies written for the juvenile market

• Will enhance student understanding of 19th-century Native American culture and of conflicts with the U.S. army and government

• Ties into National Standards for U.S. History, Era 4: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)

• Draws upon primary sources such as Geronimo's autobiography and contemporary newspaper accounts of Geronimo and his people

• 8 illustrations

• Timeline

• Glossary

• Bibliography

"Aimed at high school and undergraduate students, this biography provides an account of Geronimo's life from his traditional Apache upbringing to his final days as a celebrity prisoner of war, within the context of key historical and cultural events of his lifetime, including Native American traditions. The biography draws on primary sources such as Geronimo's autobiography and contemporary newspaper accounts, and is illustrated with B&W historical photos. A timeline and a glossary are also included."


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"Tucson librarian and author, Mary Stout, wisely sets a sympathetic tone by first conveying facts about Geronimo's early life as well as the life ways of the Apache culture, thereby creating a world in which Geronimo's actions can be more readily seen as part of a lifestyle disrupted by "foreign" forces. A much less stereotypical image thus emerges in this lengthy and thoughtfully written account for young adults. Geronimo's life as an Apache warrior is recounted in detail. Beyond his capture and incarceration, this biography concludes with events which created an aura of celebrity surrounding him. As part of the publisher's biography series designed primarily for the school and library market, this work includes chapter footnotes, a glossary, selected bibliography (which includes electronic resources,) and an index."


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Probably the most famous of the storied Apache warriors, Geronimo was a legend, a man who single-handedly lead more than 5,000 American troops on a futile chase that lasted over a year. Geronimo was the leader of the last American Indian fighting force to formally capitulate to the United States—an event that marked the end of an era.

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Mary Stout received her M.L.S. in Library and Information Science, and her M.A. in American Indian Studies. She has worked in many libraries, and is now writing books in Tucson, AZ. She cherishes the friends made while teaching English in China, as well as her little part of the beautiful Sonoran desert.

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