By Heather Cox Richardson
On December 29, 1890, American troops opened hearth with howitzers on 1000's of unarmed Lakota Sioux males, girls, and kids close to Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota, killing approximately three hundred Sioux. As acclaimed historian Heather Cox Richardson indicates in Wounded Knee, the bloodbath grew out of a collection of political forces all too general to us at the present time: fierce partisanship, heated political rhetoric, and an irresponsible, profit-driven media.
Richardson tells a dramatically new tale concerning the Wounded Knee bloodbath, revealing that its origins lay now not within the West yet within the corridors of political strength again East. Politicians in Washington, Democrat and Republican alike, sought to set the level for mass homicide by way of exploiting an age-old political tool—fear.
Assiduously researched and wonderfully written, Wounded Knee often is the definitive account of an epochal American tragedy.
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