Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War

Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War

by Daniel J. Sharfstein

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“Beautifully wrought and impossible to put down, Daniel Sharfstein’s Thunder in the Mountains chronicles with compassion and grace that resonant past we should never forget.”—Brenda Wineapple, author of Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848–1877


After the Civil War and Reconstruction, a new struggle raged in the Northern Rockies. In the summer of 1877, General Oliver Otis Howard, a champion of African American civil rights, ruthlessly pursued hundreds of Nez Perce families who resisted moving onto a reservation. Standing in his way was Chief Joseph, a young leader who never stopped advocating for Native American sovereignty and equal rights. Thunder in the Mountains is the spellbinding story of two legendary figures and their epic clash of ideas about the meaning of freedom and the role of government in American life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355659
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 134,458
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Daniel J. Sharfstein is a professor of law and history at Vanderbilt University and a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow. His first book, The Invisible Line: A Secret History of Race in America, received the J. Anthony Lukas Prize. He lives in Nashville.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii

Overview Maps xviii

Prologue: The Dreamers 1

Part I

Chapter 1 A Willing Exile 17

Chapter 2 New Beginnings 45

Chapter 3 Quite Good Friends 66

Chapter 4 Winding Waters 79

Chapter 5 The Wilderness of American Power 93

Chapter 6 Adonis in Blue 115

Chapter 7 Wind Blowing 136

Chapter 8 A Sharp-Sighted Heart 150

Part II

Chapter 9 Aloft 179

Chapter 10 Split Rocks 201

Chapter 11 Fait Accompli 221

Chapter 12 A Perfect Panic 233

Chapter 13 Death in Ghastly Forms 247

Chapter 14 Bullets Singing Like Bees 264

Chapter 15 Heart of the Monster 282

Chapter 16 Lightning All Around 306

Chapter 17 Fury 323

Chapter 18 A World of Our Own 345

Chapter 19 Through the Veil 365

Chapter 20 Where the Sun Now Stands 382

Part III

Chapter 21 The Best Indian 405

Chapter 22 Red Moon 427

Chapter 23 A Glorious Era 447

Chapter 24 Swing Low 467

Epilogue: Acts of Remembering 484

Battle Maps 499

Acknowledgments 503

Notes 509

Illustration Credits 593

Index 595

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