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(12/16/2008) The Day The World Ended At Little Bighorn: A Lakota History by Joseph M. Marshall III. New York. 2007. Viking Press. keywords: History America Native American Littel Bighorn Custer Lakota. 262 pages. 9780670038534. May 2007.

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   The 1876 battle of the Little Bighorn, or 'Custer's Last Stand,' as it is also known, captured the American imagination. In the press coverage of the time and even in today's history books, the telling and retelling have emphasized that Custer and his gallant troop of soldiers went down valiantly in a final blaze of glory when they battled Lakota fighters. News of Custer's defeat came just as the United States was celebrating its centennial. 'MASSACRE!' screamed the headlines of newspapers around the country. And with that, history has remembered Native American fighters in this battle as heartless savages impeding the progress of white soldiers who simply wanted to settle uncharted territory. Only now is this story being rewritten. In THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED AT LITTLE BIGHORN, award-winning Lakota historian Joseph M. Marshall III reveals a view of the battle that has been available only in the Lakota oral tradition. Marshall explores the nuances and complexities that led up to and followed the battle. He examines the customs and community of the Lakota and the importance of honor and bravery in the culture. He explores the significance of the battle, illuminating why and how the Lakota fought so fiercely, even as they acknowledged the inevitability of change. And finally he considers the consequences of the battle as part of a tragic fight that changed the scope of both America and the American landscape.

 

 

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