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Black Hawk: An Autobiography (Prairie State Books)

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This story is told in the words of a tragic figure in American history - a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people.
The author is Black Hawk himself - once pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis. Perhaps no Indian ever saw so much of American expansion or fought harder to prevent that expansion from driving his people to exile and death.
He knew Zebulon Pike, William Clark, Henry Schoolcraft, George Catlin, Winfield Scott, and such figures in American government as President Andrew Jackson and Secretary of State Lewis Cass. He knew Chicago when it was a cluster of log houses around a fort, and he was in St. Louis the day the American flag went up and the French flag came down.
He saw crowds gather to cheer him in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York - and to stone the driver of his carriage in Albany - during a fantastic tour sponsored by the government.
And at last he dies in 1838, bitter in the knowledge that he had led men, women, and children of his tribe to slaughter on the banks of the Mississippi.
After his capture at the end of the Black Hawk War, he was imprisoned for a time and then released to live in the territory that is now Iowa. He dictated his autobiography to a government interpreter, Antoine LeClaire, and the story was put into written form by J. B. Patterson, a young Illinois newspaperman. Since its first appearance in 1833, the autobiography has become known as an American classic.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [165]-168) and index.

About the Author

 

Black Hawk is one of the thirty-five Illinois authors honored by having his name cast in stone in the Illinois State Library Building, which opened in 1990. The late Donald Jackson, author and editor of several important books in Western American history, was the editor in chief at the University of Illinois Press when this edition was first published in 1955.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252723254
Other:
Jackson, Donald Dean
Author:
Black
Author:
Jackson, Don
Author:
Hawk, Black
Author:
Jackson, Donald
Author:
Black
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Location:
Urbana :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans
Subject:
Sauk Indians
Subject:
Native Americans
Subject:
Black Hawk
Subject:
Black Hawk War, 1832.
Subject:
Sauk Indians -- Biography.
Subject:
Black Hawk War, 18
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Native Americans
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Prairie State Books
Series Volume:
9284
Publication Date:
19750331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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