The Plains Sioux and U.S. Colonialism from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee

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April 2008



Through the interpretive lens of colonial theory, Jeffrey Ostler presents an original analysis of the tumultuous relationship between the Plains Sioux and the United States in the 1800s. He provides novel insights on well-known aspects of the Sioux story, such as the Oregon Trail, the deaths of "Crazy Horse" and "Sitting Bull," and the Ghost Dance, and offers an in-depth look at many lesser-known facets of Sioux history and culture. Paying close attention to Sioux perspectives of their history, the book demonstrates how the Sioux creatively responded to the challenges of U.S. expansion and domination, revealing simultaneously how U.S. power increasingly limited the autonomy of their communities as the century came to a close. Ostler's innovative analysis of the Plains Sioux culminates in a compelling reinterpretation of the events that led to the Wounded Knee massacre of December 29, 1890. History Department Head at the University of Oregon, Associate Professor Jeffrey Ostler has held honors such as the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and has published articles in Western Historical Quarterly, Great Plains Quarterly, and Pacific Historical Review.


Introduction: colonialism, agency and power; Part I. Conquest: 1. 'Vilest Miscreants of the Savage Race': the Plains Sioux in an empire of liberty; 2. 'Futile Efforts to Subjugate Them': failures of conquest; 3. 'Doubtless an Unauthorized Promise': the politics of the Great Sioux war; 4. 'Force is the Only Thing': the killing of Crazy Horse; Part II. Colonialism: 5. 'We Were Raised in This Country': claiming place; 6. 'I Work So Much It Makes Me Poor': the reservation economy; 7. 'Just as Well with My Hair On': colonial education; 8. 'All Men are Different': the politics of religion and culture; 9. 'Great Trouble and Bad Feeling': government agents and Sioux leaders; 10. 'Enough to Crush Us Down': struggles for Land; Part III. Anticolonialism and the State: 11. 'When the Earth Shakes Do Not Be Afraid': the Ghost Dance as an anticolonial movement; 12. 'To Bring My People Back into the Hoop': the development of the Lakota Ghost Dance; 13. 'The Most Serious Indian War of Our History': the army's invasion; 14. 'If He Fights, Destroy Him': the road to Wounded Knee; 15. 'A Valley of Death': Wounded Knee; Conclusion: after Wounded Knee.


Jeffrey Ostler is Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon. He is the author of articles in such scholarly journals as Western Historical Quarterly, Great Plains Quarterly, and Pacific Historical Review.


'This book is an important one. It will make you think.' South Dakota History ' ... a new way of viewing the history of the Plains Sioux and their interaction with US government ... author forces the reader to reconsider previously held ideas and to question the validity of sources usually employed to narrate the past ... Ostler seeks to untangle assumptions about the motives of Ghost Dancers or of leaders like Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, illustrating the complexity of each choice made by the Sioux ... Ostler's re-examination of the Plains Sioux story adds another important work to a recent wave of scholarship that sees significant agency in colonized people. this important layer of the human story helps correct the long canon of history written by the conquerors or colonizers. the author uses an engaging, narrative style and weaves story and analysis skillfully together. ... excellent work and a significant addition to scholarship on the Plains Sioux.' Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 'Jeffery Ostler's The Palins Sioux and U.S. Colonialism form Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee offers professional historians and history students an insider's perspective of U.S. expansionism. ... What makes Ostler's study valuable is that it can serve both as as a reference work for professors who need to expand or support their claims of American settlement as well as to Student's requiring an introductory text to American colonialism.' Cercles
EAN: 9780521793469
ISBN: 0521793467
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in North Ame'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2008
Seitenanzahl: 408 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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