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About the Author

Alvin Josephy, Jr., (b. 1915) is best known for his many books on Native Americans and the American West, including The Patriot Chiefs, The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest, The Indian Heritage of America, Now That the Buffalo's Gone, The Civil War in American West, and 500 Nations.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised ed. edition (November 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140234632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140234633
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bob Newman VINE VOICE on May 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Might always makes right, until it's too late, and we say it was wrong after all. Surely one of the biggest illegal land grabs in history took place right here in River City, otherwise known as the USA. Over a period of three hundred years, the original inhabitants of this vast country were dispossessed of nearly everything---their land, their pride, their language, their culture, and in many cases, their right to live. Brushed off as "savages", "primitive", "children of nature" and by other edifying epithets, by 1900, the surviving American Indians had been confined to a gulag archipelago of reservations, some of only a few acres---though these lands were at least nominally controlled by them. Alcohol and disease had brought them low, combined with massacres and forced migrations. And these were the lucky ones ! Many tribes, especially in the east, lost everything, reduced to remnants whose language and culture were all but destroyed, barely managing to hang on amidst the sea of uncaring white immigrants. Although the 20th century proved a time of resurgence for many Native Americans, many problems still remain. We've seen the endless Hollywood movies about Indians. John Wayne, such a decent guy, if a bit quick on the trigger, always gets the better of the Indians. That stock image of Indians is rampant. But how did these people really react to the European invasion ? Did they just run whooping out of the forest into the guns of the "sturdy white troopers" ? No, I don't think so. They were a lot smarter, but they got outnumbered, and their own internal dissensions helped to do them in too.Read more ›
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"The Patriot Chiefs" is an excellent biographical sketch of nine American Indian leaders. This book was stirring to the soul of this non-American Indian reader. The men profiled here fit every definition of true patriotism. Although most of their noble causes ended in treachery, the ability and courage of these men was absolutely incredible. The celebrated patriots of the American Indian cause were equals to the John Hancocks, Patrick Henrys and Thomas Jeffersons of the Eurocentric history taught today. This book should be a required read for all students of American History. The "Patriot Chiefs" history is truly American.
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The 9 portraits are condensed depictions of the lives of the "Patriot Chiefs" and in the condensation Mr. Josephy leaves out some details and gets some events flat out wrong but he covers considerable ground in this relatively short work. While details are omitted or misinterpreted and events are wrongly portrayed, his relating the short version of the lives of his subjects is rendered with compassion towards those who fought in vain to protect what was being taken forcibly from them, their lives, their culture, and the essence of their being. Worth reading as a stepping stone towards further inquiry.
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This was a textbook in college of mine. I have bought about 5 copies every time I meet someone who wants a real look at the roll native Americans played in the development of the Americas especially the united states I give them one.
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