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The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn: A Lakota Historyby Joseph M Marshall
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A gripping account of the legendary battle, told from the Lakota perspective
The 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn has become known as the quintessential clash of cultures between the Lakota and white settlers. The men who led the battleÂ—Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Colonel George A. CusterÂ—have become legends.
Here award-winning Lakota historian Joseph Marshall reveals the nuanced complexities that led up to and followed the battle. Until now, this account has been available only within the Lakota oral tradition. The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn is required reading for anyone enthralled by the tale of the tragic fight that changed the scope of both America and the American landscape.
"America's westward expansion in the 19th century was far from a foregone conclusion to the thousands of indigenous peoples, whose ancient way of life lay in its path. Historian Marshall (The Journey of Crazy Horse; The Lakota Way), who was born on South Dakota's Rosebud Sioux Reservation and has long chronicled the traditions and perspective of the Great Plains tribes, explains the context and the painful aftermath of this major turning point in his people's history. His careful description of the Greasy Grass Fight of 1876 (or the Battle of the Little Bighorn) overturns the popular misconception that the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne warriors' victory over the U.S. Seventh Cavalry was a 'fluke' or, worse still, 'a massacre.' Yet he also registers the enormity of the change that followed — including forced settlement, assimilation and dependency — when Crazy Horse surrendered his rifle to a U.S. Army officer less than a year later. Chapters alternately emphasizing strategy, weaponry, beliefs, lifestyle and other areas lend a fractured quality and some redundancy to the narrative. But Marshall's thoughtful reflections and rich detail (much of it drawn from the oral stories of unidentified Lakota elders) also immerse the reader in the experience of a once free people wrestling with an uncertain destiny." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The author of The Journey of Crazy Horse presents a legendary battle through the eyes of the Lakota
The saga of ?Custer?s Last Stand? has become ingrained in the lore of the American West, and the key players?Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and George Armstrong Custer?have grown to larger-than-life proportions. Now, award-winning historian Joseph M. Marshall presents the revisionist view of the Battle of the Little Bighorn that has been available only in the Lakota oral tradition. Drawing on this rich source of storytelling, Marshall uncovers what really took place at the Little Big Horn and provides fresh insight into the significance of that bloody day.
From the author of "The Journey of Crazy Horse" and "The Lakota Way" comes a gripping account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn as told from the Lakota perspective.
About the Author
Joseph M. Marshall III is an acclaimed historian and author of six previous books, including the bestselling The Journey of Crazy Horse and The Lakota Way. Marshall was raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and now lives in the Southwest. Marshall was an actor in and consultant and narrator for TN‛s award-winning miniseries Into the West.
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