The Plains Sioux and U.S. Colonialism from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Kneeby Jeffrey Ostler
Pub. Date: 08/15/2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Through the interpretive lens of colonial theory, Jeffrey Ostler presents an original analysis of the tumultuous relationship between the Plains Sioux and the United States in the 1800s. He provides novel insights on well-known aspects of the Sioux story, such as the Oregon Trail, the deaths of "Crazy Horse" and "Sitting Bull", and the Ghost Dance, and offers an in… See more details below
Through the interpretive lens of colonial theory, Jeffrey Ostler presents an original analysis of the tumultuous relationship between the Plains Sioux and the United States in the 1800s. He provides novel insights on well-known aspects of the Sioux story, such as the Oregon Trail, the deaths of "Crazy Horse" and "Sitting Bull", and the Ghost Dance, and offers an in-depth look at many lesser-known facets of Sioux history and culture. Paying close attention to Sioux perspectives of their history, the book demonstrates how the Sioux creatively responded to the challenges of U.S. expansion and domination, revealing simultaneously how U.S. power increasingly limited the autonomy of their communities as the century came to a close. Ostler's innovative analysis of the Plains Sioux culminates in a compelling reinterpretation of the events that led to the Wounded Knee massacre of December 29, 1890. History Department Head at the University of Oregon, Associate Professor Jeffrey Ostler has held honors such as the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and has published articles in Western Historical Quarterly, Great Plains Quarterly, and Pacific Historical Review.
Table of Contents
Introduction: colonialism, agency and power; Part I. Conquest: 1. 'Vilest Miscreants of the Savage Race': the Plains Sioux in an empire of liberty; 2. 'Futile Efforts to Subjugate Them': failures of conquest; 3. 'Doubtless an Unauthorized Promise': the politics of the Great Sioux war; 4. 'Force is the Only Thing': the killing of Crazy Horse; Part II. Colonialism: 5. 'We Were Raised in This Country': claiming place; 6. 'I Work So Much It Makes Me Poor': the reservation economy; 7. 'Just as Well with My Hair On': colonial education; 8. 'All Men are Different': the politics of religion and culture; 9. 'Great Trouble and Bad Feeling': government agents and Sioux leaders; 10. 'Enough to Crush Us Down': struggles for Land; Part III. Anticolonialism and the State: 11. 'When the Earth Shakes Do Not Be Afraid': the Ghost Dance as an anticolonial movement; 12. 'To Bring My People Back into the Hoop': the development of the Lakota Ghost Dance; 13. 'The Most Serious Indian War of Our History': the army's invasion; 14. 'If He Fights, Destroy Him': the road to Wounded Knee; 15. 'A Valley of Death': Wounded Knee; Conclusion: after Wounded Knee.
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