Plains Indian Wars

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Greed, misunderstanding, and resentment characterized the relationship between early white settlers moving west and the Native American peoples of the Great Plains. As whites delved further into western territory, the U.S. government attempted to quell Indians' fears by signing treaties guaranteeing the rights and freedoms of various Native groups. The settlers and the U.S. Army, however, eventually broke almost every treaty. The series of bloody confrontations that ensued was known as the Plains Indian Wars. A ...

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Overview

Greed, misunderstanding, and resentment characterized the relationship between early white settlers moving west and the Native American peoples of the Great Plains. As whites delved further into western territory, the U.S. government attempted to quell Indians' fears by signing treaties guaranteeing the rights and freedoms of various Native groups. The settlers and the U.S. Army, however, eventually broke almost every treaty. The series of bloody confrontations that ensued was known as the Plains Indian Wars. A fast-moving narrative, written in lively language and containing a wealth of historical detail. Plains Indian Wars, Revised Edition tells a story that will fascinate young readers.

Chelsea House is proud to announce the updating and revision of its critically acclaimed America At War series. Features of this revised edition include the addition of color images and maps throughout, as well as extra sidebars and a new chapter on weapons and tactics used in the conduct of each war.

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Gr 9 Up-Broken treaties and brutal treatment led to a series of wars between 19th-century settlers, the U.S. military, and the Native American tribes of the Great Plains. Offering a more balanced view than earlier histories, this volume delves into the cultural and social complexities of the time. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816081844
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: America at War Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 200
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 A cow is shot 1

Sacajawea 4

Westward Ho! The Trails That Led West 7

Migration of Tribes onto the Great Plains, 16th-19th Centuries 9

2 From Jamestown To Fort Laramie: Two Centuries Of Conflict 13

Missionaries among the Indians 19

Growth of The United States, to 1853 23

Native Americans as Slaves 26

Rocky Mountain Fur Trade, 1820s and 1830s 29

3 The Great Plains And Its People 31

Introduction of the Horse into North America 34

The Original Mobile Home: The Tipi 36

The Role of Medicine Men and Women 41

4 War On The Southern Plains 45

Great Plains Culture Area 46

Gold and Other Rushes 49

Sand Creek Massacre, November 29,1864 51

Plains Indians and Their Dogs and Horses 56

5 The Civil War Years And Aftermath 61

Engagements with Indians, 19TH Century 63

Fort Laramie: From Trading Post to National Heritage Site 68

6 Soldier And Settler: Life During The Plains Indian Wars 75

The Weapons That Took the West 78

A Just War" 82

Mountain Men 87

7 Custer, Sitting Bull, And The Battle Of Little Bighorn 90

How the Press Covered the Plains Indian Wars 95

Battle of Little Bighorn, June 25,1876 96

8 From Little Bighorn To The Ghost Dance 103

Buffalo Bill and His Wild West Show 113

9 Wounded Knee And After 118

Wounded Knee Massacre, December 29,1890 123

The Baby Who Survived Wounded Knee 127

10 Weapons And Tactics 130

Cowboys and Indians 134

The Plains Indians' Secret Weapon 137

11 History And Myth 141

Transfer of Indian Land, 1850-2003 142

Making Amends: The National Museum of the American Indian 156

Glossary 159

Further reading 165

Index 169

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