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Thunder in the mountains : Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War / Daniel J. Sharfstein.

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  • 16 of 16 copies available at Sage Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Sherman County Public Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Sherman County Public/School Library.

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Summary:

"Oliver Otis Howard thought he was a man of destiny. Chosen to lead the Freedmen’s Bureau after the Civil War, the Union Army general was entrusted with the era’s most crucial task: helping millions of former slaves claim the rights of citizens. He was energized by the belief that abolition and Reconstruction, the country’s great struggles for liberty and equality, were God’s plan for himself and the nation. To honor his righteous commitment to a new American freedom, Howard University was named for him. But as the nation’s politics curdled in the 1870s, General Howard exiled himself from Washington, D.C., rejoined the army, and was sent across the continent to command forces in the Pacific Northwest. Shattered by Reconstruction’s collapse, he assumed a new mission: forcing Native Americans to become Christian farmers on government reservations. Howard’s plans for redemption in the West ran headlong into the resistance of Chief Joseph, a young Nez Perce leader in northeastern Oregon who refused to leave his ancestral land. Claiming equal rights for Native Americans, Joseph was determined to find his way to the center of American power and convince the government to acknowledge his people’s humanity and capacity for citizenship. Although his words echoed the very ideas about liberty and equality that Howard had championed during Reconstruction, in the summer of 1877 the general and his troops ruthlessly pursued hundreds of Nez Perce families through the stark and unforgiving Northern Rockies. An odyssey and a tragedy, their devastating war transfixed the nation and immortalized Chief Joseph as a hero to generations of Americans."
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Sherman County Public/School Library 979.5 SHA (Text) 37039000178769 NON-FICTION Book Branch_Only_3months 10/01/2020 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780393239416
  • ISBN: 0393239411
  • ISBN: 9780393355659
  • Physical Description: xvii, 613 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 509-592) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The dreamers -- A willing exile -- New beginnings -- Quite good friends -- Winding waters -- The wilderness of American power -- Adonis in blue -- Wind blowing -- A sharp-sighted heart -- Aloft -- Split rocks -- Fait accompli -- A perfect panic -- Death in ghastly forms -- Bullets singing like bees -- Heart of the monster -- Lightning all around -- Fury -- A world of our own -- Through the veil -- Where the sun now stands -- The best Indian -- Red moon -- A glorious era -- Swing low -- Acts of remembering.
Summary, etc.:
"Oliver Otis Howard thought he was a man of destiny. Chosen to lead the Freedmen’s Bureau after the Civil War, the Union Army general was entrusted with the era’s most crucial task: helping millions of former slaves claim the rights of citizens. He was energized by the belief that abolition and Reconstruction, the country’s great struggles for liberty and equality, were God’s plan for himself and the nation. To honor his righteous commitment to a new American freedom, Howard University was named for him. But as the nation’s politics curdled in the 1870s, General Howard exiled himself from Washington, D.C., rejoined the army, and was sent across the continent to command forces in the Pacific Northwest. Shattered by Reconstruction’s collapse, he assumed a new mission: forcing Native Americans to become Christian farmers on government reservations. Howard’s plans for redemption in the West ran headlong into the resistance of Chief Joseph, a young Nez Perce leader in northeastern Oregon who refused to leave his ancestral land. Claiming equal rights for Native Americans, Joseph was determined to find his way to the center of American power and convince the government to acknowledge his people’s humanity and capacity for citizenship. Although his words echoed the very ideas about liberty and equality that Howard had championed during Reconstruction, in the summer of 1877 the general and his troops ruthlessly pursued hundreds of Nez Perce families through the stark and unforgiving Northern Rockies. An odyssey and a tragedy, their devastating war transfixed the nation and immortalized Chief Joseph as a hero to generations of Americans." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Nez Percé Indians > Wars, 1877
Howard, O. O. (Oliver Otis), 1830-1909
Joseph (Nez Percé chief), 1840-1904
United States > Race relations > Political aspects > History.
Indians of North America > Civil rights > History > 19th century.
Political culture > United States > History > 19th century
Genre: Nonfiction.

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