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

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Oliver Otis Howard thought he was a man of destiny. Chosen to lead the Freedmen's Bureau after the Civil War, the Union Army general was entrusted with the era's most crucial task: helping millions of former slaves claim the rights of citizens. He was energized by the belief that abolition and Reconstruction, the country's great struggles for liberty and equality, were God's plan for himself and the nation.

But as the nation's politics curdled in the 1870s, General Howard exiled himself from Washington, D.C., rejoined the army, and was sent across the continent to command forces in the Pacific Northwest. Shattered by Reconstruction's collapse, he assumed a new mission: forcing Native Americans to become Christian farmers on government reservations.

Howard's plans for redemption in the West ran headlong into the resistance of Chief Joseph, a young Nez Perce leader in northeastern Oregon who refused to leave his ancestral land. Claiming equal rights for Native Americans, Joseph was determined to find his way to the center of American power and convince the government to acknowledge his people's humanity and capacity for citizenship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515916659
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.60(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, Tennessee.

Joe Barrett has been a working stage, screen, and recording booth actor since 1974 and an award-winning and eight-time Audie Award-nominated audiobook narrator since 1999. He also practiced law for five years-but don't hold that against him. Joe is married to actress Andrea Wright, and together they have four children.

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Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down. Shows how the winner writes history. Changed my entire perspective of Chief Joseph
Anonymous 29 days ago
Loved this book. Very informative, well researched and presentation kept my interest up. End of each chapter I didn't want to put it down, just continue on.
resena 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.