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Sitting Bull
     

Sitting Bull

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by Bill Yenne
 

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Sitting Bull's name is still the best known of any American Indian leader, but his life and legacy have been shrouded with misinformation and half-truths. In Sitting Bull, Bill Yenne follows the history of this remarkable man from his headstrong youth and first contact with encroaching settlers, through his ascension as the spiritual and military leader of the Lakota,

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Sitting Bull's name is still the best known of any American Indian leader, but his life and legacy have been shrouded with misinformation and half-truths. In Sitting Bull, Bill Yenne follows the history of this remarkable man from his headstrong youth and first contact with encroaching settlers, through his ascension as the spiritual and military leader of the Lakota, friendship with a Swiss-American widow from New York, negotiations with the U.S. military and government, to his death at the hands of the Indian police on the eve of Wounded Knee. In Sitting Bull, we find a man whose life spanned the destruction of his peoples' culture, and whose greatest legacy was to help ensure their survival in the face of an uncertain future.

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In this stirring biography, Yenne, author of numerous books on the history of the American West (Indian Wars, On the Trail of Lewis and Clark, etc.), captures the extraordinary life of Plains Indian leader Sitting Bull while providing new insight into the nomadic culture of the Lakota. Born in 1831, Sitting Bull witnessed the downfall of his people's way of life nearly from start to finish-despite some clashes, "the Lakota supremacy on the northern Plains remained essentially unchallenged" until the 1850s. Yenne describes how hostilities increased after the 1849 California gold rush, and were exacerbated by the opening of the railroad; conflicts and broken treaties would harden many Lakota against the colonists, including Sitting Bull. A high point is Yenne's account of how celebrity journalism created the myth of Custer's Last Stand, casting the general as hero and Sitting Bull as the villain, and how the US cavalry's defeat was used to justify forcing Indians off their land and onto reservations. The last half of the book describes Sitting Bull's unsuccessful attempts to defend the Lakota's land and culture through negotiation and peaceful resistance, alongside a dismal record of government betrayal and neglect. In this remarkable, tragic portrait, Sitting Bull emerges as a thoughtful, passionate and very human figure. 60 illustrations.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594160608
Publisher:
Westholme Publishing
Publication date:
04/07/2008
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,327,869
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Yenne is the author of many books, including Indian Wars and Cities of Gold, both available from Westholme Publishing.

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Sitting Bull 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book covers much ground on sitting bull, the good, the bad, and his demise. it speaks to his want to live as he always had, the lakota way. a true insight into the great leader.
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Great Book About Sitting Bull
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