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Black Hawk: The Battle for the Heart of America Hardcover – December 27, 2005
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After the Black Hawk War of 1832, Black Hawk himself became a celebrity whose portrait and autobiography were sought by a white world cognizant that the Sauk leader's defeat extinguished a Native American way of life. As historian Trask observes, that fate was romantically lamented by eastern writers but welcomed by western white settlers who experienced Black Hawk's attempt to return to his band's traditional land (present-day Rock Island, Illinois). Trask incorporates astute analysis of these variant white idealizations and prejudices about Native Americans as well as a superbly sensitive perspective on Black Hawk's view of his people's predicament. Trask is sympathetic but critical of Black Hawk's actions in urging the Sauk to take an ultimately aimless trek that culminated in a disastrous massacre. On the other hand, Trask turns over Black Hawk's possible intentions, appraising his understanding of imposed treaties that exiled the Sauk and his erroneous expectation that the British would support them. Bound to be popular, Trask's fine synthesis of historical frontier context and immediate events judiciously partakes of pathos and erudition. Gilbert Taylor
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About the Author
University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc who earned his Ph.D. at the University of
Minnesota. Trask is the author of two previous books; his most recent is Fire Within: A Civil War Narrative from Wisconsin, which was awarded the Leslie Cross Nonfiction Award in 1996. He now lives on the west shore of Lake Michigan.
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Trask tells the story with just the right amount of depth, and in a contemporary, reader-friendly style. I had read a few other books about the BLACK HAWK WAR and Black Hawk's autobiography, but this book was more thorough, and easily understood. There are ample footnotes and resources listed in the apppendix for those who desire further research.
The sons and grandsons became senators of this relative who reflected the mindset of that period in American history, or indeed any period of history ,when the conquerors justify their action. It was called "manifest destiny." I wonder how history will judge 21st century war?
why this happened.