Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
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Table of Contents
1. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: Introduction 2. Dee Brown Biography 3. One−Page Summary 4. Summary and Analysis 5. Quizzes 6. Characters 7. Themes 8. Style 9. Historical Context 10. Critical Overview 11. Essays and Criticism 12. Suggested Essay Topics 13. Sample Essay Outlines 14. Compare and Contrast 15. Topics for Further Study 16. Media Adaptations 17. What Do I Read Next? 18. Bibliography and Further Reading
Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee was first published in the United States in 1970. This landmark book—which incorporated a number of eyewitness accounts and official records—offered a scathing indictment of the U.S. politicians, soldiers, and citizens who colonized the American West. Focusing Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee 1
mainly on the thirty−year span from 1860 to 1890, the book was the first account of the time period told from the Native−American point of view. It demonstrated that whites instigated the great majority of the conflicts between Native Americans and themselves. Brown began searching for the facts about Native Americans after he met several as a child and had a hard time believing the myths about their savagery that were popular among white people. Brown published his book a century after the events took place, but it was a timely publication, since many U.S. citizens were already feeling guilty about their country's involvement in the Vietnam War. Brown's book depicted, in detail, the U.S. government's attempt to acquire Native Americans' land by using a mix of threats, deception, and murder. In addition, the book showed the attempts to crush Native−American beliefs and practices. These acts were justified by the theory of Manifest Destiny, which stated that European descendents acting for the U.S. government had a God−given right to take land from the Native Americans. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Brown's best−known work and has since overshadowed all of his other books. » Back to Table of Contents
Dee Brown was born on February 28, 1908, in Alberta, Louisiana. He grew up in Arkansas, where he met many Native Americans. He found it hard to believe the myths of Native−American savagery and read everything he could find about the real history of the American West. Since he was pursuing a career as a librarian at the same time, he frequently had access to the materials he needed. At George Washington University, he studied library science and worked as a library assistant for the United States Department of Agriculture. After receiving his bachelor's degree in library science in 1937, Brown held his first librarian position at the Beltsville Research Center (1940−1942). In 1942, he published his first novel, Wave High the Banner, a historical novel based on the life and adventures of Davy Crockett, the legendary frontiersman. Over the next few decades, Brown wrote several more novels and nonfiction books about the American West and earned his master's degree from the University of Illinois (1952). He also worked as a librarian for the United States War Department and the University of Illinois, ultimately...
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