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Author West, Elliott, 1945-

Title The last Indian war : the Nez Perce story / Elliott West
Published Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xxix, 397 pages) : illustrations, maps, plans
Series Pivotal moments in American history
Pivotal moments in American history.
Contents Real people -- Marks of friendship -- The place of the butterflies -- "God named this land to us" -- Gold, prophecy, and the Steal Treaty -- "Conquering by kindness" -- "It will have to be war!" -- Maneuvering and scrapping -- Ways of life, ways of war -- Leaving home -- Big hole -- Toward Buffalo country -- War in Wonderland -- "The best skirmishers in the world" -- Toward the medicine line -- Under the bear's paw -- Going to hell -- Eeikish Pan and return
Summary "This newest volume in Oxford's acclaimed Pivotal Moments series offers an unforgettable portrait of the Nez Perce War of 1877, the last great Indian conflict in American history. It was, as Elliott West shows, a tale of courage and ingenuity, of desperate struggle and shattered hope, of short-sighted government action and a doomed flight to freedom. To tell the story, West begins with the early history of the Nez Perce and their years of friendly relations with white settlers. In an initial treaty, the Nez Perce were promised a large part of their ancestral homeland, but the discovery of gold led to a stampede of settlement within the Nez Perce land. Numerous injustices at the hands of the US government combined with the settlers' invasion to provoke this most accomodating of tribes to war. West offers a riveting account of what came next: the harrowing flight of 800 Nez Perce, including many women, children and elderly, across 1500 miles of mountainous and difficult terrain. He gives a full reckoning of the campaigns and battles--and the unexpected turns, brilliant stratagems, and grand heroism that occurred along the way. And he brings to life the complex characters from both sides of the conflict, including cavalrymen, officers, politicians, and--at the center of it all--the Nez Perce themselves (the Nimiipuu, 'true people'). The book sheds light on the war's legacy, including the near sainthood that was bestowed upon Chief Joseph, whose speech of surrender, 'I will fight no more forever, ' became as celebrated as the Gettysburg Address"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-380) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Joseph (Nez Percé Chief), 1840-1904.
Big Hole, Battle of the, Mont., 1877.
Nez Percé Indians -- History -- 19th century.
Nez Percé Indians -- Wars, 1877.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008051382
ISBN 0199722730 (electronic bk.)
9780199722730 (electronic bk.)