The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West
A magisterial, essential history of the struggle between whites and Native Americans over the fate of the West.
After the Civil War, the United States turned its attention to conquering the Great Plains and the lands beyond. The expansion of the country and discoveries of gold drew whites to territory traditionally claimed by Indians. The Indian Wars would last more than th
-- closing lines of Dee Brown’s Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee
Peter Cozzens The Earth is Weeping is one of the finest books on the Indian Wars I’ve ever re ...more
This is a well researched military-political history of the American Indian Wars. The author Peter Cozzens has written for over thirty years mainly on the American Civil War. He won many awards, including for this 2016 book. It is not only told from the side of the army. Cozzens does a good job covering native tribes, people and customs. Federal policy and public opinion infl ...more
In 1864, Colonel John Chivington used ques ...more
Peter Cozzens, in his prologue, while acknowledging the passionate and elegant writing of Dee Brown, takes some issue with Brown's one-sided focus on ...more
Put yourself in his place and let the white man ask himself the question, What would I do if treated as the Indian has been and is? Suppose a race superior to mine were to land upon the shores of this great continent, trade or cheat us out of our land foot by foot, gradually encroach upon our domain until we were finally driven, a degraded demoralize...more
First, Sitting Bull set his people straight on the Great Father. The agents had lied: white men did not hold the Great Father sacred. On...more
We learn early on that ...more
First, the good: from a military history perspective, this book has done a good job summarizing the various movements of forces and battles that led to Native Americans being entirely dispossessed of their land and f ...more
Having grown up with Westerns and shows l ...more
As is well-known, the treatment of Native Americans throughout history has been one continuous tragedy. Broken promises, duplicity, and lies, and theft are near constants. This book reaffirms the ...more
I hate the word progress though it sure has a lot to answer for in colonial settlements.
Some major takeaways for me:
- Many of the Indian tribes were peaceful, but many foster ...more
Cozzens's next book, Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation, will be published by Knopf in October 2020.
His The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West ...more