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


  • 17 b/w illus. 6 maps
  • Page extent: 408 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.77 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 978.004/975243
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: E99.D1 O85 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Dakota Indians--History--19th century
    • Dakota Indians--Government relations
    • Indians, Treatment of--Great Plains--History
    • Ghost dance--History
    • United States--Race relations

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521793469 | ISBN-10: 0521793467)


List of Illustrations and Maps page xiii
List of Abbreviations xv
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction: Colonialism, Agency, and Power 1
1. “Vilest Miscreants of the Savage Race”: The Plains Sioux in an Empire of Liberty 13
2. “Futile Efforts to Subjugate Them”: Failures of Conquest 40
3. “Doubtless an Unauthorized Promise”: The Politics of the Great Sioux War 63
4. “Force Is the Only Thing”: The Killing of Crazy Horse 85
5. “We Were Raised in This Country”: Claiming Place 109
6. “I Work So Much it Makes Me Poor”: The Reservation Economy 128
7. “Just as Well with My Hair on”: Colonial Education 149
8. “All Men Are Different”: The Politics of Religion and Culture 169
9. “Great Trouble and Bad Feeling”: Government Agents and Sioux Leaders 194
10. “Enough to Crush Us Down”: Struggles for Land 217
11. “When the Earth Shakes Do Not Be Afraid”: The Ghost Dance as an Anticolonial Movement 243
12. “To Bring My People Back into the Hoop”: The Development of the Lakota Ghost Dance 264
13. “The Most Serious Indian War of Our History”: The Army’s Invasion 289
14. “If He Fights, Destroy Him”: The Road to Wounded Knee 313
15. “A Valley of Death”: Wounded Knee 338
Conclusion: After Wounded Knee 361
Index 371

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