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American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890

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As the year 1890 wound to a close, a band of more than three hundred Lakota Sioux Indians led by Chief Big Foot made their way toward South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation to join other Lakotas seeking peace. Fearing that Big Foot’s band was headed instead to join “hostile” Lakotas, U.S. troops surrounded the group on Wounded Knee Creek. Tensions mounted, and on the ...more
Hardcover, 620 pages
Published April 10th 2014 by University of Oklahoma Press
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Larry
Jul 31, 2014 Larry rated it really liked it
Greene has written the most detailed and richly documented account of the last of the major massacres of Indians at the hands of the American military (the 7th Cavalry, no less). Living in South Dakota, it is hard not to be aware of what happened at Wounded Knee (or of what happened at the end of the Dakota War, for that matter). There is much to regret about the event, but Greene makes it clear that the massacre was not planned by the military. (Many of the massacres in the West were the work ...more
Sam
Jun 10, 2015 Sam rated it it was amazing
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This is the best book on Wounded Knee that I have ever read, and I've read most all of them.

This is an absolutely masterful work of historical research and reporting. Jerome A. Greene took on the highly controversial subject of the Wounded Knee tragedy, often a visceral historical topic that a century and a quarter later continues to evoke raw emotion. Deftly walking a line between government accounts depicting Wounded Knee as a battle and those Lakota accounts describing it as a brutal massacre
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Rachel Jackson
Jan 01, 2016 Rachel Jackson rated it really liked it
I am filled with rage, fury, sadness and heartbreak after reading Jerome Greene's American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890. Predictably, based on its title, this book is a rollercoaster of outrage and despair for the plight of the Lakota Native Americans during the U.S. army's active campaign to wipe them out and subjugate them. The book is a very detailed account of army actions in the prior year or two before the massacre occurred, chronicling sentiment of how white officials wanted to get rid of ...more
Kristi Thielen
Nov 03, 2015 Kristi Thielen rated it it was amazing
Magnificent book about the Wounded Knee Massacre. I read Rex Alan Smith's "Moon of Popping Trees" long ago and have lived in South Dakota all my life, so I was familiar with the subject matter. Greene's book provided me with much that I had not learned before.

In addition to its meticulous study of the events leading up to the massacre, and the event itself, there is a great deal of information about the immediate aftermath of Wounded Knee, such as the White Clay Creek Fight.

The book also inclu
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Wesley Roth
Dec 09, 2015 Wesley Roth rated it really liked it
This summer I won, from the South Dakota Festival of Books, a copy of Jerome A. Greene's comprehensive account of the nation's last frontier massacre, Wounded Knee. The hefty tome, which as the author describes as the first full account of Wounded Knee to appear in more than fifty years. Historian Greene does an incredible job providing the reader a pretty thorough history of the Native American tribes in the Midwest and the consistent conflict with the settlers moving west and the federal ...more
Brad Butturff
Aug 04, 2016 Brad Butturff rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt, the definitive history of the events leading up, during and around the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre. Jerome Greene is already a well respected historian of the Plains Indian Wars. I've read a number of his books but this one stands out. He does not take sides, he does an admirable job of presenting each perspective on this violent tragedy. He does not blame the Army though he does point out the military decisions that influenced events. He also plainly shows that the Lakota ...more
Raimo Wirkkala
Jan 26, 2015 Raimo Wirkkala rated it really liked it
The author's exhaustive research and attention to detail inform every page of this excellent account of one of the darkest of all the dark episodes of America's history with her native peoples.

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