Custer and the Great Controversy: The Origin and Development of a Legend

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Custer and the Great Controversy was the first book to focus on the origins of what has come to be called the Custer myth. The Battle of the Little Bighorn has always been wrapped in mystery and controversy because none of Custer's men survived to tell what happened, because press accounts circulated much misinformation and editors politicized the event, because popular writers repeated the errors of journalists, because a court of inquiry resulted in bitter debate, and because Indian testimony was hard to gauge....
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Overview

Custer and the Great Controversy was the first book to focus on the origins of what has come to be called the Custer myth. The Battle of the Little Bighorn has always been wrapped in mystery and controversy because none of Custer's men survived to tell what happened, because press accounts circulated much misinformation and editors politicized the event, because popular writers repeated the errors of journalists, because a court of inquiry resulted in bitter debate, and because Indian testimony was hard to gauge. This book, originally published in 1962, helps the reader understand the sources of the confusion and controversy surrounding the Custer fight and the beginning of the legend.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870260537
  • Publisher: Westernlore Publications
  • Publication date: 12/17/2000
  • Pages: 184

Meet the Author

Brian W. Dippie is a professor of history at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and the author of Custer’s Last Stand: The Anatomy of an American Myth, also a Bison Book.

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