“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.
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.
Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War 4.5 out of 5based on
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Hard to put down. Shows how the winner writes history. Changed my entire perspective of Chief Joseph
More than 1 year ago
We never heard about this part of American history in public school back east in the 1950s.
So now, 60 years later, I decided to find out what was going on in northwestern USA
in the 40 years after the civil war.
Being trained in physical science and engineering for my career, at first I was dismayed at how
a historian structures such a tale. No concise Abstract/Summary/Conclusion-Recommendation.
I learned to just SLOW DOWN and read history (carefully presented) bit by bit, since the
information in the book is not written to argue an opinion nor provide analysis.
Just read it and make your own interpretation.
The paperback book opens flat (wonderful!) so you don't lose your place.
Don't laugh! That was a big help, since too many books snap shut when you put them down.
Now I am inspired to visit Chief Joseph's part of the world.
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