Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee And Manifest Destiny

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and Manifest Destiny Amanda Grav Manifest Destiny could be described as the European-White Man’s belief that they were destined to settle the land that now accounts for America. In Dee Brown’s telling, he describes the relationships of the Native Americans, the settlers of the states, and the United States government in a factual, yet emotional description. In Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, his stance is explained, as well as the background for his story. Accounts of life have been retold thousands of times from the perspective of traders, ranchers, wagon trains and gold-seekers; the story that oftentimes fails to be told, is that of the American Indian. Brown’s outline of the position of diverse western tribes in 1860 does not include a description of their fates thirty years later. However, by focusing not on the steady growth of white civilization westward from the Atlantic Coast but on the equally steady decline of Indian civilization, Brown signals his intent to make his history of the West tragic rather than celebratory. This focus on the fate of the Indians of the West was very unusual; Brown’s book was one of the first histories of the West to give its readers the American Indians’ perspective on how the West was won or, as he would probably say, how the West was lost. Readers learn of General Carleton’s ferocity against the Indians and his great hunger for tribal land and the minerals found on it. This, together with the settling of
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