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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West


Book Overview: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

The landmark, bestselling account of the crimes against American Indians during the 19th century, now on its 50th Anniversary.

First published in 1970, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of American Indians during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold almost four million copies and has been translated into seventeen languages. It was the basis for the 2007 movie of the same name from HBO films.

Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown introduces readers to great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes, revealing in heartwrenching detail the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that methodically stripped them of freedom. A forceful narrative still discussed today as revelatory and controversial, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee permanently altered our understanding of how the American West came to be defined.

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Dee Brown, born on February 29, 1908, in Louisiana, is an eminent author revered for his gripping historical narratives, specializing in the history of American West and the calamitous fate of Native Americans. Brown majored in library science from the George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee, and worked in libraries and universities, laying down a well-curated source for his research work. His intuitive retelling of history through more than 20 books has garnered great applause from readers worldwide, earning him an undeniable place in the realm of historical literature. Best known for his groundbreaking book, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West," Brown delicately shed light on the harrowing experiences of the Native Americans during the 19th century. Notably, he delved deep into the ignored history, juxtaposing it against the recognized version, to render authentic historical narratives that substantively impacted American historiography. His innovative storytelling technique, allowing historical figures to "speak" in their own voices, was a unique contribution to historical literature and made history more accessible to readers. Despite facing initial challenges, Brown's diligent work made him a revered household name. He remained dedicated to his craft, precise research, and mesmerizing storytelling, having revitalized forgotten stories from the American history. Brown's legacy extends beyond his demise in 2002, as his work remains a vital resource, forever ingrained in the plethora of historical literature.

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