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Thunder in the mountains : Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard and the Nez Perce War

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Mahnomen Public Library LARGE PRINT 979.5004 SHA (Text) 33500013067640 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library LARGE PRINT 979.5004 SHA (Text) 33500013067632 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 1432863827
  • ISBN: 9781432863821
  • Physical Description: 867 pages (large print) : maps ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: Large print edition.
  • Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note: Large print edition does not include index.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 691-891).
Formatted Contents Note: Prologue: The dreamers -- A willing exile -- New beginnings -- Quite good friends -- Winding waters -- The wilderness of American power -- Adonis in blue -- Wind blowing -- A sharp-sighted heart -- Aloft -- Split rocks -- Fait accompli -- A perfect panic -- Death in ghastly forms -- Bullets singing like bees -- Heart of the monster -- Lightning all around -- Fury -- A world of our own -- Through the veil -- Where the sun now stands -- The best Indian -- Red moon -- A glorious era -- Swing low -- Epilogue: Acts of remembering.
Summary, etc.: 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. To honor his righteous commitment to a new American freedom, Howard University was named for him. 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. Although his words echoed the very ideas about liberty and equality that Howard had championed during Reconstruction, in the summer of 1877 the general and his troops ruthlessly pursued hundreds of Nez Perce families through the stark and unforgiving Northern Rockies. An odyssey and a tragedy, their devastating war transfixed the nation and immortalized Chief Joseph as a hero to generations of Americans. Recreating the Nez Perce War through the voices of its survivors, Daniel J. Sharfstein casts Howard's turn away from civil rights alongside the nation's rejection of racial equality and embrace of empire. The conflict becomes a pivotal struggle over who gets to claim the American dream: a battle of ideas about the meaning of freedom and equality, the mechanics of American power, and the limits of what the government can and should do for its people.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 March #1
    *Starred Review* The story of the Nez Perce leader known by whites as Chief Joseph has been told many times before. Usually, Joseph and his band are viewed as tragic heroes as they resisted efforts to force them from their beloved homeland in northwestern Oregon and then defied the U. S. Army in a heroic but failed effort to escape to Canada. History professor Sharfstein reinforces Joseph's stature as a figure of courage, dignity, and moral rectitude. But he also shows Joseph in a more nuanced light as the leader strives to negotiate with the U.S. government while navigating the tricky waters of intratribal politics. What makes Sharftstein's account unusual is the equal focus he places upon army officer Howard, who became both an admirer and nemesis of Joseph. After a stellar Civil War career, during which he had lost an arm, Howard sustained a series of professional setbacks. His initial success as head of the Freedmen's Bureau was derailed by unfair charges of corruption and waning enthusiasm for aiding former slaves. As head of the army's Department of the Columbia, he had the unenviable task of forcing Native Americans onto reservations. When Joseph and his band bolted, Howard had to lead and coordinate the pursuit. Sharfstein has provided a scrupulously researched and detailed revisiting of one of the most moving and saddest sagas in American history. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Howard, O. O. (Oliver Otis) 1830-1909
Joseph (Nez Percé Chief) 1840-1904
Joseph (Nez Percé Chief) 1840-1904
Indian Wars (Nez Percé : 1877)
Nez Percé Indians Wars, 1877
United States Race relations Political aspects History
Indians of North America Civil rights History 19th century
Indians, Treatment of United States History 19th century
Political culture United States History 19th century
Manifest Destiny
United States History 1865-1898
Indians of North America Civil rights
Large type books
Nez Percé Indians
Political culture
Race relations Political aspects
United States
Genre: History.
Large type books.
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