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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Lesson Plan

Introduction to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a groundbreaking work that upends previously accepted historical narratives about the “settlement” of the American West. Dee Brown sets out to give voice to the heretofore unheard testimonies of American Indians themselves, who frequently put faith in the promises made by officials of the American government, only to have those promises broken and their land, culture, and lives lost to the rapacious expansion of Manifest Destiny. Brown thoroughly documents how many tribes sought to preserve their land and the culture they had developed, usually through negotiations with American officials, but sometimes through acts of war and violence. In a roughly...

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