The American Indian Wars

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In the pages of American history perhaps no chapter is darker than that of the many conflicts encompassed in the Indian Wars. Over a period of centuries, American citizens in the form of settlers, soldiers, railway men, and explorers came into contact with the indigenous Native-American population. Almost invariably, this contact resulted in violence and the eventual destruction of the lifestyles of the native tribes. Time and again the encroachment of primarily white settlers into Indian lands led to warfare and the displacement of the original residents. In some instances, such as at the Little Bighorn River in 1876, the Native-Americans were able to emerge victorious in battle. However, these tactical victories could not forestall the strategic defeat of virtually every Native-American tribe that stood in the way of westward expansion. The sad story of the American Indian Wars is presented in this work of history. Author Edward F. Dolan, who specializes in military history, presents readers with an excellent overview of a war that, in reality, was a long term sequence of campaigns stretching across a vast area. Dolan offers a workable outline of this complex struggle while also including some well developed character studies of leading light participants such as Geronimo, Cochise, and Sitting Bull. In addition numerous contemporary drawings and illustrations add to the text to provide younger readers with a fine introduction to an important element of American history. 2003, Millbrook Press, Ages 10 up.
— Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761319689
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Single Titles Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Warpaths 9
2 The First Battles 17
The Princess Named Pocahontas 19
War and Revolution 22
Two Calls for Indian Unity: Pontiac and Tecumseh 25
The Reservation System and the Era of Treaties 28
3 Deep into the West 34
Death at Walla Walla 38
4 Two Apache Warriors 48
Tribes in the Civil War 55
The Warrior Named Geronimo 60
5 The Battle of the Little Bighorn 63
Son-of-the-Morning-Star 70
6 The Magnificent March 76
A Strange Moment at Yellowstone 85
Life After the Fighting 90
7 Death at Wounded Knee 91
Epilogue 99
Bibliography 105
Index 108
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