Little Crow Essay

1237 WordsDec 23, 20115 Pages
The author of Little Crow: Spokesman for the Sioux, Gary Clayton Anderson, is a professor of history at the University of Oklahoma. He is also the author Kinsmen of Another Kind: Dakota-White Relations in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1650-1862, The Conquest of Texas: Ethnic Cleansing in the Promised Land, 1830-1875 and The Indian Southwest 1580-1830: Ethnogenesis and Cultural Reinvention. Other publications include Sitting Bull and the Paradox of Lakota Nationhood and he teaches U.S. Survey and Native American history courses at University of Oklahoma at undergraduate and graduate levels. Anderson is credited for co-editing with Alan R. Woolworth on the publication of, Through Dakota Eyes: Narrative Accounts of the Minnesota Indian War of…show more content…
Newspapers, government and congressional documents, books, articles, and manuscripts are some of the primary sources listed in his bibliography. He also incorporates historical secondary works. It is this variety of sources used by Anderson that gives the reader an understanding that goes above and beyond just the life of Little Crow. According to Paul Stuart in American History Review, “Using an array of manuscript anti published primary sources, Anderson has produced a sensitive portrayal of Little Crow’s life and of Dakota society during the mid-nineteenth century.” William K. Powers also agrees that Anderson paints Little Crow in a way that has never been done before, in South Dakota History, “This book takes a refreshing position in that it attempts to humanize Indian leaders, whereas, in the past, only the most ‘war-like’ have been designated as heroes” It is a general consensus among the reviews that Anderson has a sophisticated, well-written historical narrative, that depicts Indian and white relationships at this time. Anderson uses Little Crow: Spokesman for the Sioux to tell the story of the Mdewakanton Sioux during the Sioux Uprising of 1862. He especially focuses on Little Crow’s role as a spokesperson for his tribe. Little Crow builds relationships with his tribe, other Sioux tribes, and the United States government and is able to negotiate with them in an exceptionally
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