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The Day The World Ended At Little Big Horn by Joseph M. Marshall III
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Feb 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: american-history, by-poc, history, nonfiction
Read from February 01 to 25, 2011

This is a really fascinating book, using the Battle of Little Big Horn—or the Battle of the Greasy Grass, as it is known to the Lakota—as a lens through which to examine the history of the Lakota people in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Marshall is a Sicangu Lakota, and draws on the oral history of his people as his primary source. He doesn't write chronologically but thematically, using events immediately before, during, and after the battle as pivot points around which he can examine pre and post-reservation Lakota society. This does result in some narrative redundancy, but overall it's an interestingly elliptical approach, and I felt that I learned a lot despite the book's brevity.

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