The Earth Is Weeping

The Earth Is Weeping

The Indian Wars for the American West, 1866-1891

Book - 2016
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With the end of the Civil War, the nation recommenced its expansion onto traditional Indian tribal lands, setting off a wide-ranging conflict that would last more than three decades. In an exploration of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States, Peter Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the encroachment experienced by the tribes and the tribal conflicts over whether to fight or make peace, and explores the squalid lives of soldiers posted to the frontier and the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies. As the action moves from Kansas and Nebraska to the Southwestern desert to the Dakotas and the Pacific Northwest, we encounter a pageant of fascinating characters including Custer, Sherman, Grant, and a host of other military and political figures, as well as great native leaders such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud. For the first time The Earth Is Weeping brings them all together in the fullest account to date of how the West was won--and lost.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307958044
Branch Call Number: 978.02 Cozzens 10/2016
Characteristics: xxi, 544 pages :,illustrations,25 cm


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Jun 20, 2017

A sad but revealing saga about the cultural and physical destruction of the western tribes by the dominant white culture of the mid to late 19th century. I was not aware prior to reading this how pervasive the inter and intratribal conflicts and betrayals were. For example, Pawnee scouts killing Sioux and Cheyenne for the US Army and Apache scouts of one tribe signing up with the Army to bring down another Apache tribe. An interesting contrast to "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" which I read in the 70s when I served in Vietnam.

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