The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn: A Lakota History

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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 battle—Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Colonel George A. Custer—have become legends.

Here award-winning Lakota historian Joseph Marshall reveals the nuanced complexities that led up to and followed the battle. Until ...

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Overview

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 battle—Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Colonel George A. Custer—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.

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Most of us grew up thinking of the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn as "Custer's Last Stand," a reductive way of regarding an armed engagement that involved at least 1,600 men. In recent decades, historians have given depth to what might be regarded otherwise as one soldier's bloody last hurrah. Now award-winning Lakota historian Joseph Marshall III presents this momentous confrontation from a Native American viewpoint, adding nuances that had been available previously only in Lakota oral tradition. This meticulous study identifies some of the roots of the conflict and reveals some of its seldom-discussed consequences. History from a new angle.
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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. (May)

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Custer's Last Stand from the Lakota point of view. Marshall (The Lakota Way, 2001, etc.) has examined all the research on the Battle of the Little Bighorn undertaken by traditional historians and Custer "groupies." In addition, he has studied the versions told by Lakota storytellers since that June day in 1876 when flamboyant Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer unwisely divided his force and died with all of his men on the hills above the Little Bighorn River in southern Montana. In an eloquent introduction, the author argues for the significance and dignity of the oral tradition. Marshall alludes appropriately to academic scholarship, but he focuses sharply on how the Lakota saw events and the impact of their last major victory on their lives thereafter. He begins with the deaths of respected Lakota battle leader Gall's two wives and daughter-the first to fall, he avers, when a column of Custer's Seventh Cavalry fired directly into the tipis as it rode toward the enormous Lakota village in which some 10,000 Indians from various tribes had assembled. Marshall, himself raised on a Sioux reservation, occasionally leaves the battle to instruct us in his people's history and culture, as well as their conflicts with the seemingly endless torrent of (mostly) white Americans propelled across the plains by the doctrine of Manifest Destiny. He tells us about the great Lakota warriors and leaders: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and Gall, whose value at Little Bighorn the author believes has been greatly underestimated. Marshall also explains the history of the bow and arrow, commends the Lakota for their discipline, martial prowess and horsemanship, explores their spiritual life and, most disturbingly,outlines the government's egregious post-battle policies, which seemed intent on destroying the Lakota way. A profoundly loving and proudly tendentious view of a bloody battle and the fierce cultural warfare that ensued.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670038534
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/10/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet 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 TNT's award-winning miniseries Into the West.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    A compact, current analysis of 2 different cultures colliding on the american plains told from the Lakota perspective.

    Joseph Marshall's The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn takes the reader from the actual battle to the present, not over-elaborating on military tactics or strategies, or prior encounters. Instead, he brings into consideration the challenges Sitting Bull and others faced in bringing together so many Cheyenne and Lakota warriors for the actual battle, the subsequent American reaction after the battle, the U.S. government's policies and acts to appease, subdue and control the Lakota, and most importantly, the Lakota struggle not only to physically survive, but to maintain an identity and rich culture while striving to live in today's world. His story is told with feeling and knowledge and not fueled by bitterness. A recommended read, especially for the young or uninformed.

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