Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce

Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce

The Untold Story of An American Tragedy

Book - 2005
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Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of Lewis and Clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, every bit as dramatic, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as a nation -- the 1,800-mile journey made by Chief Joseph and eight hundred Nez Perce men, women, and children from their homelands in what is now eastern Oregon through the most difficult, mountainous country in western America to the high, wintry plains of Montana. There, only forty miles from the Canadian border and freedom, Chief Joseph, convinced that the wounded and elders could go no farther, walked across the snowy battlefield, handed his rifle to the U.S. military commander who had been pursuing them, and spoke his now-famous words, "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever." The story has been told many times, but never before in its entirety or with such narrative richness. Drawing on four years of research, interviews, and 20,000 miles of travel, Nerburn takes us beyond the surrender to the captives' unlikely welcome in Bismarck, North Dakota, their tragic eight-year exile in Indian Territory, and their ultimate return to the Northwest. Nerburn reveals the true, complex character of Joseph, showing how the man was transformed into a myth by a public hungry for an image of the noble Indian and how Joseph exploited the myth in order to achieve his single goal of returning his people to their homeland. Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce is far more than the story of a man and a people. It is a grand saga of a pivotal time in our nation's history. Its pages are alive with the presence of Lewis and Clark, General William Tecumseh Sherman, General George Armstrong Custer, and Sitting Bull. Its events brush against the California Gold Rush, the Civil War, the great western pioneer migration, and the building of the telegraph and the transcontinental railroad. Once you have read this groundbreaking work, you will never look at Chief Joseph, the American Indian, or our nation's westward journey in the same way again.
Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780060513016
0060513012
Characteristics: xxiii, 419 p. :,maps.

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chiwauk
Dec 01, 2011

A complete story of the journey of the Nez Perce from their homeland to northern Montana and everywhere in between. Also includes a very useful list of recommended reading and sources for each chapter.

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RichardPaul
Jan 31, 2011

Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy ----

by Kent Nerburn c – 2005 ----

The Author of this book has made a great effort, in the study for and the writing of this book. ----
His Introduction and notes help a lot in building the picture of the happenings and travesties that occur when settling happens. ---- People, who want unjustly, take, and then change the account of the happening. ----
I enjoyed this read even as the telling of the Extreme Sadness Unfolds: The creation of the leaders and settlers of this United States. ---- Same said of all explorers’, conquerors and settlers of any country or land Discovered by the Euro’s. ---- This writing is a better telling of the gross wrongs committed against and to the Indigenous Peoples, here in the U.S. ----

Historical Telling is hard to do! ----
Thank You,
Kent Nerburn. ----

RichardPaul

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