Eyewitness at Wounded Knee

Eyewitness at Wounded Knee

by Richard E. Jensen, R. Eli Paul, John E. Carter
     
 

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Eyewitness at Wounded Knee brings together and assesses for the first time 143 photographs that were made before and immediately after the massacre.

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Eyewitness at Wounded Knee brings together and assesses for the first time 143 photographs that were made before and immediately after the massacre.

Editorial Reviews

Omaha World-Herald
"Although the subject is somber, the vivid photos and well-written text present a full and useful history."—Omaha World-Herald
Library Journal
Myriad injustices have been perpre trated against Native Americans, but none is so well known as the Wounded Knee Massacre which occurred on December 29, 1890. In this book, three scholars (Jensen, R. Eli Paul, John E. Carter) attempt to create a visual history of the events both leading up to the debacle and those after it. The hook is an in-depth study of relatively unknown pictures from the collection of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Especially important is the author's clear explanation of the history the pictures represent. Furthermore, they clear up any fallacious use of some of the images in order to explain why some Native American practices were so misunderstood and a massacre was made possible. There are extensive notes and references sections, and indexing is adequate. The pictures, of course, and the impartial interpretations of events make this an excellent addition to any public library and essential for Native American collections.-- Patricia Clark, Los Angeles P.L.
Great Plains Quarterly - Dawn G. Marsh

"This is not only a valuable record and account of Wounded Knee, but also a penetrating look at the role photographers played in how the public came to know and understand the tragic events."—Dawn G. Marsh, Great Plains Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803236097
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Great Plains Photography
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,155,827
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


James A. Hanson, director of the Nebraska State Historical Society, notes in his foreword the importance of the photographs as primary historical sources. Richard E. Jensen and R. Eli Paul are research specialists at the society who have written for various journals. John E. Carter is curator of photographs there. His book, Solomon D. Butcher: Photographing the American Dream, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 1985.

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