Wintersalen Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Q&A | November 20, 2014

    Ron Rash: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Ron Rash



    Describe your latest book/project/work. Something Rich and Strange is a collection of selected stories, including three stories previously... Continue »
    1. $19.59 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    spacer

Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer (Chicago Lectures in Mathematics)

by

Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer (Chicago Lectures in Mathematics) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

On a hot summer day in 1876, George Armstrong Custer led the Seventh Cavalry to the most famous defeat in U.S. military history. Outnumbered and exhausted, the Seventh Cavalry lost more than half of its 400 men, and every soldier under Custerand#8217;s direct command was killed.

Itand#8217;s easy to understand why this tremendous defeat shocked the American public at the time. But with Custerology, Michael A. Elliott tackles the far more complicated question of why the battle still haunts the American imagination today. Weaving vivid historical accounts of Custer at Little Bighorn with contemporary commemorations that range from battle reenactments to the unfinished Crazy Horse memorial, Elliott reveals a Custer and a West whose legacies are still vigorously contested. He takes readers to each of the important places of Custerand#8217;s life, from his Civil War home in Michigan to the site of his famous demise, and introduces us to Native American activists, Park Service rangers, and devoted history buffs along the way.and#160; Elliott shows how Custer and the Indian Wars continue to be both a powerful symbol of Americaand#8217;s bloody past and a crucial key to understanding the nationand#8217;s multicultural present.

and#160;

and#8220;[Elliott] is an approachable guide as he takes readers to battlefields where Custer fought American Indians . . . to the Michigan town of Monroe that Custer called home after he moved there at age 10 . . . to the Black Hills of South Dakota where Custer led an expedition that gave birth to a gold rush."and#8212;Steve Weinberg, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

and#160;

and#8220;By and#8216;Custerology,and#8217; Elliott means the historical interpretation and commemoration of Custer and the Indian Wars in which he fought not only by those who honor Custer but by those who celebrate the Native American resistance that defeated him. The purpose of this book is to show how Custer and the Little Bighorn can be and have been commemorated for such contradictory purposes.and#8221;and#8212;Library Journal

and#160;
and#8220;Michael Elliottand#8217;s Custerology is vivid, trenchant, engrossing, and important. The American soldier George Armstrong Custer has been the subject of very nearly incessant debate for almost a century and a half, and the debate is multicultural, multinational, and multimedia. Mr. Elliott's book provides by far the best overview, and no one interested in the long-haired soldier whom the Indians called Son of the Morning Star can afford to miss it.and#8221;and#8212;Larry McMurtry

Synopsis:

On a hot summer day in 1876, George Armstrong Custer led the Seventh Cavalry to the most famous defeat in U.S. military history. Badly outnumbered and exhausted from a day of forced marches, Custer's forces were quickly overwhelmed by warriors from the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes. The Seventh Cavalry lost more than half of the 400 men who rode into the Indian camp, and every soldier under Custer's direct command was killed.

It's easy to understand why this tremendous defeat shocked the American public at the time. But with Custerology, Michael A. Elliott tackles the far more complicated question of why the battle retains such power for Americans today. Weaving vivid historical accounts of Custer at Little Bighorn with contemporary commemorations that range from battle reenactments to the unfinished Crazy Horse memorial, Elliott reveals a Custer and a West whose legacies are still vigorously contested. He takes readers to each of the important places of Custer's life, from his Civil War home in Michigan to the site of his famous demise, to show how more than a century later, the legacy of Custer still haunts the American imagination. Along the way, Elliott introduces us to Native American activists, Park Service rangers, and devoted history buffs; draws us into the arcana of Custerology and the back rooms of High Plains bars; and reveals how Custer and the Indian Wars continue to be both a powerful symbol of America's bloody past and a crucial key to understanding the nation's multicultural present.

By turns dramatic and meditative, Custerology moves seamlessly between past and present, delivering both a bracing narrative and a potent reminder of why we care somuch about history in the first place.

About the Author

Michael A. Elliott is associate professor of English at Emory University. He is the author of The Culture Concept: Writing and Difference in the Age of Realism and coeditor of American Literary Studies: A Methodological Reader.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction

1 Ghost Dancing on Last Stand Hill: Crow Agency, Montana

2 Being Custer: Monroe, Michigan

3 Lives on the Plains: Cheyenne, Oklahoma

4 Into the Black Hills: Rapid City, South Dakota

5 Testimony in Translation: The Library

6 Little Bighorn Forever: Hardin, Montana and#8226; Garryowen, Montana

Epilogue: Indian Country

Acknowledgments

Notes

Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226201474
Author:
Elliott, Michael
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Elliott, Michael A.
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 halftones
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Other books you might like

  1. The Predator State: How... Used Hardcover $4.95

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Americana » Custer
History and Social Science » Americana » Fame and Infamy
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » US Military » General
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century

Custerology: The Enduring Legacy of the Indian Wars and George Armstrong Custer (Chicago Lectures in Mathematics) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$8.95 In Stock
Product details 344 pages University of Chicago Press - English 9780226201474 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , On a hot summer day in 1876, George Armstrong Custer led the Seventh Cavalry to the most famous defeat in U.S. military history. Badly outnumbered and exhausted from a day of forced marches, Custer's forces were quickly overwhelmed by warriors from the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes. The Seventh Cavalry lost more than half of the 400 men who rode into the Indian camp, and every soldier under Custer's direct command was killed.

It's easy to understand why this tremendous defeat shocked the American public at the time. But with Custerology, Michael A. Elliott tackles the far more complicated question of why the battle retains such power for Americans today. Weaving vivid historical accounts of Custer at Little Bighorn with contemporary commemorations that range from battle reenactments to the unfinished Crazy Horse memorial, Elliott reveals a Custer and a West whose legacies are still vigorously contested. He takes readers to each of the important places of Custer's life, from his Civil War home in Michigan to the site of his famous demise, to show how more than a century later, the legacy of Custer still haunts the American imagination. Along the way, Elliott introduces us to Native American activists, Park Service rangers, and devoted history buffs; draws us into the arcana of Custerology and the back rooms of High Plains bars; and reveals how Custer and the Indian Wars continue to be both a powerful symbol of America's bloody past and a crucial key to understanding the nation's multicultural present.

By turns dramatic and meditative, Custerology moves seamlessly between past and present, delivering both a bracing narrative and a potent reminder of why we care somuch about history in the first place.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.