Sitting Bull and His World by Albert Marrin

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Richly researched, told with sweep, speed, and balance, here is a biography of the man who was arguably the Plains Indians' most revered, most visionary leader. Tatan'ka Iyota'ke--Sitting Bull--was the great Hunkpapa Lakota chief who helped defeat Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. But more than that, he was a profound holy man and seer, an astute judge of men, a singer and speaker for his people's ways. In the face of the army, the railroad, the discovery of gold, and the decimation of the buffalo, he led his band to Canada rather than "come in" to the white man's reservation. To render Sitting Bull in context, the author explores the differences in white and Indian cultures in the nineteenth century and shows the forces at work--economic pressure, racism, technology, post-Civil War politics in Washington and in the army--that led to the creation of a continental nation at the expense of a whole people.

Illustrated with photographs and drawings by Albert Marrini
 

About Albert Marrin

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Albert Marrin is the author of over two dozen awardwinning nonfiction books for young people. He lives with his wife, Yvette, in Riverdale, New York.
 
Published April 1, 2000 by Dutton Juvenile. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Through Marrin's (Terror of the Spanish Main) gripping and complex portrait of Sitting Bull (1831-1890), the author demonstrates the Lakota Sioux leader's importance in understanding American life tod

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the author asserts, ""Above all, he was a patriot who insisted that Native Americans must be free to choose their way of life."" Rather than characterizing one side as evil and the other as good, Marrin laudably sketches the gray area that grew out of cultural differences between whites and Nativ...

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