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Chief Joseph: Guardian of the People

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The Nez Percé people lived in peace with white intruders in their homelands from the time of Lewis & Clark until 1863 when a treaty called for the tribe's removal to a reservation in Idaho. Chief Joseph (1840-1904), headman of the Nez Percé band in northeastern Oregon's Wallowa Valley, became the greatest diplomat, philosopher, and-from necessity rather than choice-war ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Forge Books (first published March 1st 2005)
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Apr 19, 2009 Troy rated it really liked it
My one-phrase rundown: an amazingly well-researched account of a sad chapter in a sad era of American history

If one is not familiar with the story of the Wallowa Band of Nez Perce, especially their flight of 1877, this book is a great introduction. Moulton’s book was well-received by some Nez Perce, and let’s face it, it’s a lot shorter than Greene’s Nez Perce Summer.

I have been to several Nez Perce Trail historical sites, and done my share of reading. I once entertained the though of violating
Sep 12, 2012 Ellie rated it really liked it
I find it generally frustrating how little is known about Nez Perces of this era. I can find the perspective of thousands of white people who kept journals and wrote letters and published articles.
I also have found it frustrating before that some of what I have read about Chief Joseph has been taken almost entirely from white military.
This author did a fabulous job of researching to find statements from natives. She explains tribal traditions and perspectives beautifully.
I was, however, wishi
Jan 24, 2015 George rated it liked it
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Reading about the flight of the Nez Perce and the disregard of treaty by the US government, one begins to understand the plight of the Nez Perce Wallowa band and by extension, the extant Indian culture before Manifest Destiny. The book is short and well researched--the story is extremely compelling. Moulton describes in some excruciating detail about place names, battles fought...maybe one might want to visit those places? I got the book, looking for more developed characters; Joseph was a ...more
Mar 02, 2009 Mike rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens etc interested in cheif joseph.
Shelves: history
I thought this book was going to be terrible. I wanted to know more about Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce but didn't have a lot of time to invest in one of the more academic titles on the subject. I was happily surprised.

Despite being written in novel form the author did her research. Beyond a few schmaltzy, segments she hones a pretty decent read. Chief Joseph's flight from federal troops is an important, but understudied, piece of American and Oregonian history. Moulton gives you a decent ideas
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Jul 03, 2013 Tommy /|\ rated it it was amazing

Sadly - this is a part of US History that I never learned. Growing up, this particular area of History was glossed over in both High School and College. Reading about the flight of the Nez Perce and the manner in which treaty after treaty is disregarded by the US government...I can certainly see why that is the case now. The book is not that long -- but the story is extremely compelling. Highly recommend.
Oct 26, 2014 Ndecamp rated it liked it
I picked up this book earlier this summer while in Yellowstone. I was interested in the story of the Nez Percesers tribe since there were so many markers and historic points in the north west of this tribe and Chief Joseph's leadership. Very interesting and yet sad. I find history very interesting and revealing.
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The book was interesting and extremely informative, but I gave it only four stars because it was a little boring for my style.
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Loved it! Great history but extremely sad hoe their people were treated. Shame on us.
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