9780803259362

From Fort Laramie to Wounded Knee

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  • ISBN13:

    9780803259362

  • ISBN10:

    0803259360

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr

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Summary

The varied and colorful career of Charles Wesley Allen (1851-1942) took him throughout the northern Plains during an exceptionally turbulent era in its history. He was at the Red Cloud Agency when Red Cloud attempted to prevent the raising of the American flag and the Lakota nearly took over the agency. Allen also visited Deadwood at the height of the Black Hills gold rush, helped build the first government agency on the Pine Ridge reservation, and reported on the Lakota Ghost Dance. Allen happened to be walking through the Indian camp at Wounded Knee when shots rang out on December 29, 1890, and his is arguably the best of all the eyewitness accounts of that tragedy. This is Allen's previously unpublished vivid account of the years he described as "the most exciting chapter of my life." As much the chronicle of the passing of an era as a personal narrative, its simple, direct, and often moving prose captures the injustices, gritty details, and relentless energy of a period of dramatic change in the West.

Author Biography

From Fort Laramie to Wounded Knee is Charles W. Allen's (1851–1942) account of life on the northern Plains during an exceptionally turbulent era in its history. Richard E. Jensen is senior research anthropologist at the Nebraska State Historical Society and the editor of Happy As a Big Sunflower: Adventures in the West, 1876-1880, by Rolf Johnson (Nebraska 2000).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vii
Foreword viii
Introduction ix
Acknowledgments xxv
A Pioneer in Embryo
1(7)
Mystery and Mules
8(6)
Red Cloud Cuts the Flag-Pole (Part One)
14(6)
Red Cloud Cuts the Flag-Pole (Part Two)
20(6)
Freighting to the Black Hills
26(8)
On to Deadwood
34(6)
Old Fort Laramie
40(9)
The Founding of Pine Ridge
49(9)
Changing Conditions
58(9)
Building for Schools
67(6)
Trails and Trials of a Primitive People
73(11)
The First White Men among the Indians
84(12)
The Advent of the Railroad
96(6)
Meeting Civilization
102(10)
At Valentine
112(6)
At Chadron
118(9)
The Early Far West Weekly Newspapers
127(4)
A ``Good Neighbor'' Act-A Burlesque Speech
131(9)
The Celebration
140(9)
Gathering War Clouds
149(7)
The Ghost Dance at Pine Ridge
156(11)
The Crush at Pine Ridge
167(8)
Reporters at Pine Ridge
175(7)
Big Foot's Arrival
182(9)
The Last Fight of North American Indians
191(12)
Back to the Agency
203(8)
Concluding Incidents
211(9)
Notes 220(47)
Bibliography 267(9)
Index 276

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