The Plains Sioux and U.S. Colonialism from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee / Edition 1

The Plains Sioux and U.S. Colonialism from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee / Edition 1

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by Jeffrey Ostler
     
 

Ostler (history, U. of Oregon) began simply by trying to understand the causes of the 1890 slaughter of over 300 Lakota Sioux on the Pine Ridge Reservation by the US Army, but each immediate cause led him to a previous one, until he had backed through the entire 19th century of relations between the western Sioux and the US. He uses the concept of colonialism as an… See more details below

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Ostler (history, U. of Oregon) began simply by trying to understand the causes of the 1890 slaughter of over 300 Lakota Sioux on the Pine Ridge Reservation by the US Army, but each immediate cause led him to a previous one, until he had backed through the entire 19th century of relations between the western Sioux and the US. He uses the concept of colonialism as an analytical tool. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521605908
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Series:
Studies in North American Indian History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
406
Sales rank:
977,645
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Ostler is Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon. He is the author of articles in such scholarly journals as Western Historical Quarterly, Great Plains Quarterly, and Pacific Historical Review.

Table of Contents

Introduction : colonialism, agency, and power1
Pt. 1Conquest
1"Vilest miscreants of the savage race" : the Plains Sioux in an empire of liberty13
2"Futile efforts to subjugate them" : failures of conquest40
3"Doubtless an unauthorized promise" : the politics of the great Sioux war63
4"Force is the only thing" : the killing of Crazy Horse85
Pt. 2Colonialism
5"We were raised in this country" : claiming place109
6"I work so much it makes me poor" : the reservation economy128
7"Just as well with my hair on" : colonial education149
8"All men are different" : the politics of religion and culture169
9"Great trouble and bad feeling" : government agents and Sioux leaders194
10"Enough to crush us down" : struggles for land217
Pt. 3Anticolonialism and the state
11"When the earth shakes do not be afraid" : the Ghost Dance as an anticolonial movement243
12"To bring my people back into the hoop" : the development of the Lakota Ghost Dance264
13"The most serious Indian war of our history" : the army's invasion289
14"If he fights, destroy him" : the road to Wounded Knee313
15"A valley of death" : Wounded Knee338
Conclusion : after Wounded Knee361

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