Dee Brown

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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Creek Mary's Blood - Limited First Edition Society - 1980


Author Dee Brown

Dorris Alexander "Dee" Brown, born on February 29, 1908, in Alberta, Louisiana, was an American historian and author best known for his groundbreaking work Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Brown's writing focused on the history of the American West and the experiences of Native American communities, shedding light on a previously marginalized perspective. Growing up in Arkansas, Dee Brown developed an early interest in the history and culture of Native American tribes, particularly the Osage Nation. He attended Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas) and later earned a master's degree in library science from Rutgers University.

Brown's career initially took him into library work, but his passion for history and writing eventually led him to become a full-time author. In 1970, he published his most famous work, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The book provides a detailed and poignant account of the history of Native American tribes in the American West during the late 19th century, with a focus on the tragic events leading to the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. The book was a critical and commercial success, bringing attention to the often overlooked and tragic aspects of Native American history. Dee Brown's writing style in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee was notable for its empathetic portrayal of Native American perspectives, challenging traditional narratives that had often romanticized the westward expansion of European settlers. The book became a seminal work, influencing public perception and historical scholarship.

In addition to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Brown authored several other books, including The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West (1958) and The American West (1994). His writings continued to explore the history of the American West, providing a comprehensive understanding of the region's complex past. Dee Brown's contributions to historical literature earned him recognition and awards, and his work had a lasting impact on the study of Native American history. He passed away on December 12, 2002, leaving behind a legacy as a historian who brought attention to the untold stories of Native American communities and their struggles during a critical period in American history.


Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - An Indian History of the American West

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent, fully documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold almost four million copies and has been translated into seventeen languages. For this elegant thirtieth-anniversary edition published in both hardcover and paperback Brown has contributed an incisive new preface.

Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows the great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was really won. 


Creek Mary's Blood

Proud and beautiful Creek Mary dominates a saga that spans the years from the American Revolution to the pre-World War I era and portrays such characters as Tecumseh, Andrew Jackson, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Teddy Roosevelt

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