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Sitting Bull

A revered political, spiritual, and military leader, Sitting Bull was legendary for his stubbornness and battle prowess as head of the Lakota Sioux in the 1860s. His resistance of U.S. government encroachment onto Native lands and his fight to preserve Sioux culture inspired his people to do the same, culminating in the Battle of Little Bighorn. Despite his eventual surrender, Sitting Bull was one of the most influential figures in the history of U.S.-Native American relations. This accessible biography marks the first of several Native American volumes to come in the Greenwood Biographies series and is an essential supplemnt to any American history or Native American studies curricula. Lively, narrative chapters explore:
  • Sitting Bull's early years and successes as a young warrior
  • The Battle of Little Bighorn and Sitting Bull's eventual flight to Canada
  • His confinement to a reservation and participation in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
  • His legacy, historical reputation, and images in popular culture.
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An accessible biography of the great Sioux leader

About the Author

Edward J. Rielly, Professor of English at St. Joseph's College in Maine, has taught on Western film and the history of the west for many years. He is author of several nonfiction books, including F.Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography (Greenwood 2005), and The 1960s (Greenwood 2003). He has also published 10 books of poetry.


"The biography presents interesting cultural context, photos of the chief with Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley, and a timeline of events in his life." - SciTech Book News "This extensive full-length biography series is specifically designed for high school students and four public libraries....Sitting Bull tells the story of the greatest Native American leader of his time. The author presents Sitting Bull's in chronological order within the cultural context of the Lakota culture, as it was in the second half of the nineteenth century." - MultiCultural Review

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