Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Analysis
Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a fully documented
account of the annihilation of the American Indian in the late
1800s ending at the Battle of Wounded Knee. Brown brings to light
a story of torture and atrocity not well known in American
history. The fashion in which the American Indian was exterminated
is best summed up in the words of Standing Bear of the Poncas,
"When people want to slaughter cattle they drive them along until
they get them to a corral, and then they slaughter them. So it was
with us_. "
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a work of non-fiction, attempts to
tell the story of the American West from the perspective of the
indigenous population, The American Indian. That in itself makes
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee an important work of literature as
it is one of the few books supporting the Indian cause. This is
done through the use of council records, autobiographies, and
Each of the book's nineteen chapters deals with a certain tribe,
battle, or historical event. Brown goes into deep and explicit
detail throughout, as evidenced by the book's nearly 500 pages.
However, while some may complain Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee is
boring or text-book-like, I believe the opposite is actually true.
Generally, very little is known about this terrible genocide and
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a wonderful and interesting
learning tool. Brown has written many books about the life of the
American Indian, including Creek Mary's Blood and Killdeer
Mountain, but Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is clearly his
Brown made sure to include songs, quotes, and portraits sprinkled
throughout the book. These are very important as they break the
monotony of page after page of text. The portraits are well
selected and placed, as are the quotes, and help present a wider
picture of the point in history.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee helps to open a door into our past.
It forces us to look at the dark side of our American history and
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I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to you, and the members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Columbus County Volunteers Camp 794, for your warm welcome during the camp meeting of 12 November 2017. My wife Carol and I enjoyed the program and the southern hospitality extended to us.