Symbols of Defiance: The Lives and Legacies of Geronimo, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse

Symbols of Defiance: The Lives and Legacies of Geronimo, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse

by Charles River Editors

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*Includes pictures of Geronimo, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and important people, places, and events in their lives.
*Includes a comprehensive description of the Battle of Little Bighorn and Geronimo's attempt to elude the U.S. Army
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

"This boy’s name was Apache. Usen taught him how to prepare herbs for medicine, how to hunt, and how to fight. He was the first chief of the Indians and wore the eagle's feathers the sign of justice, wisdom, and power. To him and to his people, as they were created, Usen gave homes in the land of the West.” – Geronimo, on the origins of the Apache people.

"When I was a boy the Sioux owned the world. The sun rose and set on their land; they sent ten thousand men to battle. Where are the warriors today? Who slew them? Where are our lands? Who owns them? Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am Sioux? Because I was born where my father lived? Because I would die for my people and my country?” – Sitting Bull

"Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.” – Crazy Horse

Three of the best known Native American legends in history are Geronimo, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, celebrated by Americans today for the very reason they were reviled by Americans of their own day. Americans have always appreciated plucky, persistent, and dogged individuals, and there are few examples in the nation's history that represent the fighting spirit better than the defiant Native American leaders.

The name “Geronimo” evokes a number of different emotions. Those who believed in 19th century America’s “Manifest Destiny” viewed Geronimo and all Native Americans as impediments to God’s will for the nation. Even today, many Americans associate the name Geronimo with a war cry, and the name Geronimo itself only came about because of a battle he fought against the Mexicans. Over time, however, those who empathized with the fate of the Native Americans saw Geronimo as one of a number of Native American leaders who resisted the U.S. and Mexican governments as their lands were being appropriated, often eluding large numbers of soldiers pursuing them.

Around the same time, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse became legends at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, during which an estimated 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne warriors inspired by one of Sitting Bull's visions routed and then annihilated the 7th U.S. Cavalry led by George Custer. That disaster led the American government to double down on its efforts to “pacify” the Sioux, and by the end of the decade many of them had surrendered and been moved onto a reservation. Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse were two of the last Sioux leaders to surrender, and both suffered controversial deaths on reservations.

Symbols of Defiance chronicles the amazing lives of the three Native American leaders who defiantly fought to save their people’s homeland, but it also humanizes the men who became three of the most famous Native Americans in American history. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Geronimo, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse like you never have before, in no time at all.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016733029
Publisher: Charles River Editors
Publication date: 05/22/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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