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A guide to the Indian wars of the West
McDermott, John D. (John Dishon)
Publication Information:
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xx, 205 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Bison books."
Reading Level:
1290 Lexile.
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From 1860 to 1890 the United States military engaged in war after war with the indigenous peoples of the West. Although numerous treaties recognized the rights of individual tribes, the U.S. government often did nothing to stop settlers from expanding into Indian territory. Some Indians fled, and others attempted to coexist with thenbsp;newcomers, but many fought against the loss of homelands and traditional ways of life. Superior numbers, organization, and technology benefited the United States, yet Indian resistance was often skillful, heroic, and tenacious.

This informative work serves as a guide to the battlefields and fits the episodes into the larger historical drama. John D. McDermott, who has spent a lifetime researching the events, discusses the equipment, organization, and lifeways of the combatants. He explains circumstances underlying the encounters and analyzes the significance of events. This detailed guide also leads students, tourists, and history buffs to monuments, parks, museums, and other sources of information about the wars.

Author Notes

John D. McDermott is a retired historian and administrator for the National Park Service and the Council on Historic Preservation. He is the author of Dangerous Duty: A Study of Outposts Protecting the Oregon Trail in the South Pass Area of Wyoming and Forlorn Hope: The Battle of White Bird Canyon and the Beginning of the Nez Perce War .

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xvii
I the Contextp. xxv
1 Causes and Limiting Factorsp. 1
2 Opponentsp. 13
3 Material Culturep. 29
4 Warfarep. 46
5 Indian and Army Lifep. 66
6 the Indian Wars In Literature and the Artsp. 91
7 Conclusionsp. 104
2 Places to Visitp. 111
Historic Sites and Museumsp. 113
California and the Northwestp. 115
The Great Basinp. 120
The Plateaup. 122
The Southwestp. 126
The Southern Plainsp. 136
The Northern Plainsp. 151
Notesp. 193
Fifty Basic Booksp. 203