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Children's LiteratureThe name Geronimo is synonymous with bravery and fierceness and is invoked in games of cowboys and Indians and in tales of the Wild West. Haugen's biography examines the man behind the famous name and explores the conflicted and often brutal landscape in which he lived. The Apache warrior known as Geronimo was born in 1829 and named Goyakla. Although remembered and mythologized in American history, Geronimo's main clashes were with the Mexicans who often skirmished with the Apache and who killed his mother, wife and children. Haugen depicts the struggle of Geronimo and other Apaches for independence and autonomy in a region increasingly hostile to them. Interesting, informative and useful, this book presents—in the figure of Geronimo—just one type of response of Native Americans to the conquest and colonization of the American West. An exciting, and generally balanced, biography in its own right, this text could also be used in studying American history and Native American culture. It includes many illustrations, including good photographs of Geronimo. This title is part of the "Signature Lives" series. 2006, Compress Press, Ages 9 to 12.
—Sarah Rachel Egelman