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The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Is there any chapter in American history more dramatic than that of the Northwest from the time of Lewis and Clark to the tragic defeat of Chief Joseph in 1877? Heroic - and not so heroic -characters abound: explorers, fur traders, miners, settlers, missionaries, ranchers, Indian chiefs and their tribespeople. Now, when interest in Lewis and Clark and the American Northwes ...more
Paperback, 705 pages
Published April 30th 1997 by Mariner Books (first published 1965)
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James
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating story of the important contributions made by one Native American nation to the settling of our country. Of course, we showed our gratitude by slaughtering them and forcibly removing them from their ancestral home. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
John
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Nez Perce tribe of the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest numbered around 7,000 in 1805, when Lewis and Clark were welcomed and guided through their lands. Flash to the mid-1880’s—after decades of white settlement, murder, and harassment of the natives, deceit and betrayal by the US Government and its agents, and a remarkable months-long but ultimately failed retreating war of liberation—and about 250 are transferred from a pestilential prison-like reservation in Oklahoma to isola ...more
Donald Linnemeyer
I used this book as a reference source for a paper I wrote on the Nez Perce War, and it was great. Huge, so I didn't get the chance to read straight through it, but remarkable for its scope and detail. He doesn't have the eloquence of Elliott Smith, but he's more thorough.
Thom Coté
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A detailed and well-researched account of one of many racism-fueled invasions in U.S. history.
Kurt
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Growing up in Idaho, and in my youth occasionally hearing some of the stories of the tragic flight of the Nez Perce, led me to read several books on the subject. No other story in American history is as fascinating as this one. Many good books have been written about it, along with a few that are not so good. This one is definitely one the best. Be warned, however--it is long (700+ pages), and nearly three fourths of the book deals with events that occured prior to the well-known Nez Perce war o ...more
Denise DeRocher
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is the best I have read about the Nez Perce, a tribe with whom I'm familiar: I taught in Lapwai, on the reservation, for an unforgettable year. Josephy's work by far exceeds any other I have read about the amazing historical events of these people.
David
Jul 08, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
An incredible amount of information about the early exploration of the northwest and early explorers and various indian tribes.
Pepper McColgan
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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An American historian who specialized in Native American topics. He served as a combat correspondent during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for his coverage of the U.S. capture of Guam. His interest in Native American history started during an assignment from Time Magazine.