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Our Hearts Fell to the Ground: Plains Indian Views of How the West Was Lost

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This unique anthology chronicles the Plains Indians' struggle to maintain their traditional way of life in the changing world of the nineteenth century. Its rich variety of 34 primary sources - including narratives, myths, speeches, and transcribed oral histories - gives students the rare opportunity to view the transformation of the West from Native American perspective. ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published April 15th 1996 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Kathryn
First we took their land, then we took their culture. How the white man thoroughly screwed over the Native Americans in every way possible.
Carole Rae
Apr 07, 2011 Carole Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little disappointed when I opened the book due to the fact that it wasn't what I expected. When I was reading it, I felt like I was reading a college textbook. I felt like after I was done reading it, I would have to type up a report or do a test. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind education books, but I guess I was expecting something else entirely! I was expecting more of a story, but it was a collection of small stories, historical facts, and etc.


It's a small book, but it took me a whi
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Rena Jane
Jan 05, 2010 Rena Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be a must-read for every American history class. It beautifully and clearly tells the story of the great American land grab from a Native American perspective. I read a lot of books about and by Native Americans and this gave me the best chronological view of Native attitudes and history I've ever seen. It contains many primary source speeches, essays and observations with well-detailed introductory pieces to each person's remarks. Colin Calloway is a fine scholar of Native American ...more
Kevin
Oct 17, 2016 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of documents of several tribal leaders. It gives evidence of the horrific slaughter of Native Americans and Buffalo in the plains during the 19th Century. It demonstrates the U.S. governments' inception of Reservations. In this book, the governments corruption and military's massacre of innocent tribes comes to light. Not only do Native American's become subject to death by military and disease but are also forced to assimilate to the "White Man's Culture." Many things can b ...more
lisa jahnel
Aug 16, 2007 lisa jahnel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history students, native american studies students, social activists
Shelves: history
I absolutely loved this book. Admitting, I am partial to books over this subject, but I love how the author handled the material. This covers the struggle of the different plains tribes as the white settlers moved into their native land. I especially enjoyed the section dealing with the Southern Cheyenne tribe and Kiowa tribe.
Karen
Jul 25, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-edited collection, very easy to follow & digest. Contains crucial Native American Literature.
Evelyn
Good documentation of several groups and leaders among western plains natives of their experiences with the encroaching, hostile white settlers, in the natives' own words. Good archival information.
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