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- Publisher: Open Road Media; 1st edition (October 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 23, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B009KY5OGC
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This book is not a page turner, though it is interesting. Honestly, it's often difficult to read the accounts of treachery upon treachery. Yet, it is as important as anything I've read about the fallout of European colonialism, capitalism before humanity, and the making of this nation. The accounts are straightforward and never maudlin, yet I cannot imagine reading it carefully without sorrow or finishing it without a more thoughtful, critical view of US history. Bitter medicine.
The history of colonial America is a dark one, comprising of broken promises, massacres, and land grabs. This much is clear to anyone not plagued by European and American exceptionalism. Dee Brown has done a phenomenal job at listing the plights of the Western Native Americans and their struggle against the colonizing forces which originated from various parts of Europe.
I must admit I approached the book completely wrong. It took me about 150 pages to completely understand the approach of Brown. His approach is to give an overview of the injustices, but from the perspective of the Natives. This is quite clear in the verbiage; brown uses terms such as “the Great Father,” in reference to the President of the United States, and uses terms like “ponies” in reference to horses. This shows the simplicity of the Natives; actually, it is their simplicity and lack of understanding of European cunning that is their downfall. From this perspective, the book is a literary masterpiece.
It must be said that the Natives did commit some atrocities. However, comparing the atrocities of the Europeans with the atrocities of the Natives will show that anyone who uses the war crimes of the Natives as an excuse or justification for their extinction is just deluded. The Natives committed some mistakes; however, those mistakes were created from desperation, not from choice, and from what I’ve seen, they were done in retaliation. Nonetheless, it was wrong. But, they were an anti-colonial group of people fighting for their survival and existence as a race. Natives usually fought in battles, Europeans attacked their wives and kids. Natives took hostages of women and children, but more than once, Europeans have engaged in mutilations of their captives. Alas, the Natives learned the practice of scalping from the Europeans. After all the crimes the Europeans committed, can anyone fail to see the rationalization behind the crimes of desperation committed by the Natives?
This book is topical, not necessarily spelling out the details or names of treaties agreed on between the European Americans and the Natives. Rather they are mentioned in passing. Perhaps reading another book alongside this one which talks about the specific treaties and comparing them against the dates in this book would be a good idea to have a clear understanding of the timeline. However, the topical arrangement of the book provides a decent amount of information on the major western tribes and their forced removal. The Natives simply wanted to preserve their way of life; they wanted to hunt buffalo, farm if that was their lifestyle, and raise their families in peace. This much is clear.
I give the book a 10/10 for content. It is a bit dragging towards the end as the book thins out while being a bit too repetitive in style and arrangement. However, it is still a masterpiece and a classic, providing original insights from firsthand sources (the firsthand sources are a hugely underrated part of the book.)
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Back to the book, the frustration arises from the repetition in every chapter, one for each tribe or tribal grouping, in the way each tribe was destroyed by the lies and impositions of the american government. A great read in that one can only feel pride in the attitude and leadership of the tribal chiefs as they tried to abide by these government requirements at the same time as only wanting the best for their own people.
How could this be that history has been washed of all this fact? Can it be possible that the Land Of The Free could actually commit genocide on it's own doorstep on this scale and get away with it....sadly, the answer is a resounding YES and it is with total admiration for the spirit of the First Nation Indians that I would recommend this book to all those, who like me, were completely taken in by the whitewashing of the facts, so that never again when you are listening to modern day American politicians banging on about human rights that you will ever again take them seriously!
This book is a sad indictment of the times but moreover is a testament to spirit of the human who, under extreme duress, can still hold noble virtues!
Written in very simple language, Dee Brown sets out the plight of each and every tribe including the so called infamous Indian Chiefs (Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Crazy Horse, Red Cloud etc) from the perspective of the Indian and at the same time details what was going on in Washington and elsewhere in the world, in the same years, to make you realise that this is very contemporary history indeed!
less and less, so the unfortunate Indians were pushed ever further away.It is no wonder at times they retaliated and put up a fight for the land they actually owned. A very informative book, and gives the true story of the American indian and the way they were treated by the "white man".
I really liked the way each chapter has a time line of what was happening around the world at the time. I also liked the quotes from the Natives at the start and the traditional songs at the end of each chapter. A must read for anyone one interested in "how the west was lost"
One of the things I found useful but also shocking are the little timelines at the beginning of each chapter that tell you what else was going on in the world when this horror was happening in America: at the beginning of Chapter 4, it states that Hamlet is being performed at New York's Winter Gardens, but just a few pages later these so-called civilised European people are murdering men, women and children as if they weren't even human beings.
So all in all, this is not a nice book, but it is informative and thought-provoking. I am glad to have read it.
The idea that the native people were ignorant savages filtered down through Hollywood until about the sixties but the truth was being told. Every one who is a “western” fan should read this .
Using the words of native American leaders including Geronimo, Sitting Bull, and Red Cloud this book traces over 30 years the continual squeezing of territory held for generations by native American tribes by land hungry immigrants, and of the lies, bullying and cheating to which the native Americans were subjected
Utterly horrifying but essential knowledge for anyone who wishes to understand what racism and greed can do, even in a country which held that all men are created equal.
The maps and photographs are very helpful and the writing is excellent. A terrible tale told brilliantly