Wounded Knee by Heather Cox Richardson
Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre

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On December 29, 1890, American troops opened fire with howitzers on hundreds of unarmed Lakota Sioux men, women, and children near Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota, killing nearly 300 Sioux. As acclaimed historian Heather Cox Richardson shows in Wounded Knee, the massacre grew out of a set of political forces all too familiar to us today: fierce partisanship, heated political rhetoric, and an irresponsible, profit-driven media.

Richardson tells a dramatically new story about the Wounded Knee massacre, revealing that its origins lay not in the West but in the corridors of political power back East. Politicians in Washington, Democrat and Republican alike, sought to set the stage for mass murder by exploiting an age-old political tool—fear.

Assiduously researched and beautifully written, Wounded Knee will be the definitive account of an epochal American tragedy.

 

About Heather Cox Richardson

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Heather Cox Richardson is a Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Author of West from Appomattox, The Greatest Nation of the Earth, and The Death of Reconstruction, she lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.
 
Published April 13, 2010 by Basic Books. 394 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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So when in 1890 Sioux (and other tribes) responded to the threats to their way of life by adopting the Ghost Dance religion, which promised the disappearance of whites and the return of buffalo and open land, the whites perceived it as a rebellion.

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The massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, occurred on this day in 1890.

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by mollyd on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 09:49:20 AM PDT.

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The killing of Sitting Bull, the political and spiritual leader of the Indian alliance that routed Custer at Little Bighorn, was an important part of the prelude to Wounded Knee.

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