Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacreby Heather Cox Richardson
Pub. Date: 05/25/2010
Publisher: Basic Books
On December 29, 1890, five hundred American troops massed around hundreds of unarmed Lakota Sioux men, women, and children near Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. Outnumbered and demoralized, the Sioux posed no threat to the soldiers and put up no resistance. But in a chaotic scene, the Americans opened fire with howitzers, killing nearly three hundred Sioux in
On December 29, 1890, five hundred American troops massed around hundreds of unarmed Lakota Sioux men, women, and children near Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. Outnumbered and demoralized, the Sioux posed no threat to the soldiers and put up no resistance. But in a chaotic scene, the Americans opened fire with howitzers, killing nearly three hundred Sioux in what would become known as the Wounded Knee Massacre. In this definitive account, acclaimed historian Heather Cox Richardson shows that the origins of this quintessential American tragedy lay not in the West but in Washington, where would-be lawmakers, locked in a desperate midterm-election battle, sought to drum up votes through an age-old political tool: fear.
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I never learned about Wounded Knee in high school and now that I teach high school social studies - it is something I always talk about with my classes. Professor Richardson's book is very detailed, reads like a great lecture about cultural and political issues, and I believe, has something to say to us today about how the 'ideas' of progress can sometimes destroy cultures. Up until a few years ago, the subject of Wounded Knee barely got coverage in high school history books (maybe a sentence) - now, it is at least getting a paragraph or more. Furthermore, this is a good study of Gilded Age politics and how parties manipulated voters to get what they wanted - AND it is a great overview of the history of the WEST during this time. I highly recommend it for the average reader and the historian alike.
It's no surprise to me that the author of "How the Grand Old Party Made and Broke (and Made and Broke) the Middle Class" would place the blame for the massacre at Wounded Knee on the Republicans. Ms. Richardson makes no effort to hide her personal feelings. As a reader of history, I find the political spin to this historical event very disturbing and distracting. Richardson takes a lot of liberties in connecting the dots. The villain of her story, Benjamin Harrison, was sworn into office on March 4, 1889, and the Wounded Knee Massacre happened on December 29, 1890. Although she mentions General William Tecumseh Sherman, George R. Crook, and Nelson Appleton Miles, she gives little emphasis to their 25 year war against the plains Indians.