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Black Hawk

Author : Kerry A. Trask
ISBN : 9781466860926
Genre : History
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A stirring retelling of the Black Hawk War that brings into dramatic focus the forces struggling for control over the American frontier Until 1822, when John Jacob Aster swallowed up the fur trade and the trading posts of the upper Mississippi were closed, the 6,000-strong Sauk Nation occupied one of North America's largest and most prosperous Indian settlements. Its spacious longhouse lodges and council-house squares, supported by hundreds of acres of planted fields, were the envy of white Americans who had already begun to encroach upon the rich Indian land that served as the center of the Sauk's spiritual world. When the inevitable conflicts between natives and white squatters turned violent, Black Hawk's Sauks were forced into exile, banished forever from the east side of the Mississippi River. Longing for what their culture had been, Black Hawk and his followers, including 700 warriors, rose up in a rage in the spring of 1832, and defiantly crossed the Mississippi from Iowa to Illinois in order to reclaim their ancestral home. Though the war lasted only three months, no other violent encounter between white America and native peoples embodies so clearly the essence of the Republic's inner conflict between its belief in freedom and human rights and its insatiable appetite for new territory. Kerry A. Trask gives new and vivid life to the heroic efforts of Black Hawk and his men, illuminating the tragic history of frontier America through the eyes of those who were cast aside in the pursuit of the new nation's manifest destiny.

Moving Encounters

Author : Laura L. Mielke
ISBN : 1558496319
Genre : History
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Details not only how such writers as James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Rowe Schoolcraft forecast the inevitable demise of Indian-white sympathy, but also how authors like Lydia Maria Child and William Apess insisted that a language of feeling could be used to create shared community or defend American Indian sovereignty.

Privilege Versus Equality

Author : Robert P. Wettemann
ISBN : 9780275986032
Genre : History
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This study offers a broad topical overview of civil-military relations during the formative three decades between the War of 1812 and the Mexican War.

For Christ And Country

Author : Kenneth Lawson
ISBN : 9781935507475
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Brigadier General Gustavus Loomis (1789-1872) served for almost six decades in the uniform of the United States Army. A veteran of five wars, Loomis was a professional soldier respected by his peers and feared by his enemies. But Gustavus Loomis, a country boy from Thetford, Vermont was more than a career military officer. Loomis was a sincere and dedicated Christian. His faith in Jesus Christ was visible and undeniable. In his long life, Loomis always placed God first, followed by devotion to his family and then to service to his country. He was a man of the military who saw frequent combat and who spoke about Jesus to all who would listen. His home in garrison and his tent in the field were places of psalm singing and scripture reading. His bravery in the face of the enemy gave him high commendations, but his real passion was for the Lord and for his family. While some ridiculed him for his support of revivals, none ever questioned his professionalism as a soldier and an officer.

Journal Of Illinois History

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ISBN : UCSD:31822041766395
Genre : Illinois
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Black Hawk And The War Of 1832

Author : John P. Bowes
ISBN : UCSC:32106019517900
Genre : History
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Discusses the history, policies, and events that precipitated the Black Hawk War in 1932, and profiles the Sauk elder who began the conflict.

Captured By The Indians

Author : Frederick Drimmer
ISBN : 0486249018
Genre : History
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Pioneers describe their experiences as captives of the Indians and portray Indian society and culture

A Gathering Of Rivers

Author : Lucy Eldersveld Murphy
ISBN : 0803282931
Genre : Social Science
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In A Gathering of Rivers, Lucy Eldersveld Murphy traces the histories of Indian, multiracial, and mining communities in the western Great Lakes region during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. For a century the Winnebagos (Ho-Chunks),øMesquakies (Fox), and Sauks successfully confronted waves of French and British immigration by diversifying their economies and commercializing lead mining. Focusing on personal stories and detailed community histories, Murphy charts the changed economic forces at work in the region, connecting them to shifts in gender roles and intercultural relationships. She argues that French, British, and Native peoples forged cooperative social and economic bonds expressed partly by mixed-race marriages and the emergence of multiethnic communities at Green Bay and Prairie du Chien. Significantly, Native peoples in the western Great Lakes region were able to adapt successfully to the new frontier market economy until their lead mining operations became the envy of outsiders in the 1820s.

Lewis Cass And The Politics Of Moderation

Author : Willard Carl Klunder
ISBN : 0873385365
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Drawing upon Lewis Cass's voluminous private papers, correspondence, and published works, Willard Carl Klunder provides the first comprehensive biography of the man who was the Democratic spokesman for the Old Northwest for more than half a century. A champion of spread-eagle expansionism and an ardent nationalist, Cass subscribed to the Jeffersonian political philosophy, embracing the principles of individual liberty; the sovereignty of the people; equality of rights and opportunities for all citizens; and a strictly construed and balanced constitutional government of limited powers. Cass was a significant player in American politics, from the Burr conspiracy during Thomas Jefferson's presidency, through the Trent affair of the Lincoln administration. During his career, he served as a prosecuting attorney, state legislator, federal marshal, army officer, territorial governor, secretary of war, minister to France, United States senator, and secretary of state. More than any other individual, he was responsible for the growth of Michigan from a frontier territory to the threshold of statehood. Aptly named the "father of popular sovereignty," Cass championed this doctrine that provided an expedient solution to the volatile question of slavery expansion for a decade. A vehement opponent of slavery, Cass supported the right of citizens in each state or territory to decide the question for themselves. Klunder presents a balanced and insightful look into the character and career of this significant 19th-century Michigan politician. Lewis Cass emerges as a bright symbol of antebellum nationalism and political moderation. Lewis Cass and the Politics of Moderation will be of interest to anyone concerned with American biography, White-Indian relations and the coming of the Civil War.

Black Hawk Down

Author : Mark Bowden
ISBN : 1555846041
Genre : History
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Already a classic of war reporting and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback, Black Hawk Down is Mark Bowden’s brilliant account of the longest sustained firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. On October 3, 1993, about a hundred elite U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopter into the teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take an hour. Instead, they found themselves pinned down through a long and terrible night fighting against thousands of heavily armed Somalis. The following morning, eighteen Americans were dead and more than seventy had been badly wounded. Drawing on interviews from both sides, army records, audiotapes, and videos (some of the material is still classified), Bowden’s minute-by-minute narrative is one of the most exciting accounts of modern combat ever written—a riveting story that captures the heroism, courage, and brutality of battle.

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