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

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

by Jeffrey Ostler
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Cambridge University Press

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

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

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ISBN-13: 9780521793469
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2004
Series: Studies in North American Indian History Series
Pages: 387
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

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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