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The Day the World Ended at Little Big Horn
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The Day the World Ended at Little Big Horn
A Lakota History
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The Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana in 1876 has become known as the quintessential clash of cultures between the Lakota Sioux and whites. The men who led the battle—Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Colonel George A. Custer—have become the stuff of legends, ingrained in the lore of the American West.

Here award-winning Lakota historian Joseph M. Marshall III reveals the nuanced complexities that led up to and followed the battle, offering a revisionist view of what really happened. Until now, this account has been available only within the Lakota oral tradition. Providing fresh insight into the significance of that bloody day, The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn is required reading for anyone enthralled by the tale of the encounter that changed the scope of both America and the American landscape.

The Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana in 1876 has become known as the quintessential clash of cultures between the Lakota Sioux and whites. The men who led the battle—Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Colonel George A. Custer—have become the stuff of legends, ingrained in the lore of the American West.

Here award-winning Lakota historian Joseph M. Marshall III reveals the nuanced complexities that led up to and followed the battle, offering a revisionist view of what really happened. Until now, this account has been available only within the Lakota oral tradition. Providing fresh insight into the significance of that bloody day, The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn is required reading for anyone enthralled by the tale of the encounter that changed the scope of both America and the American landscape.

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  • Joseph M. Marshall III was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and holds a PhD from the reservation university, which he helped to establish. The award-winning author of ten books, he has also contributed to various publications and written several screenplays. He has won an Audie Award, Earphones Award, "Nammy" Award, and was named Best American Indian Fiction Writer by True West magazine in 2009.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 19, 2007
    America's westward expansion in the 19th century was far from a foregone conclusion to the thousands of indigenous peoples, whose ancient way of life lay in its path. Historian Marshall (The Journey of Crazy Horse
    ; The Lakota Way
    ), who was born on South Dakota's Rosebud Sioux Reservation and has long chronicled the traditions and perspective of the Great Plains tribes, explains the context and the painful aftermath of this major turning point in his people's history. His careful description of the Greasy Grass Fight of 1876 (or the Battle of the Little Bighorn) overturns the popular misconception that the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne warriors' victory over the U.S. Seventh Cavalry was a "fluke" or, worse still, "a massacre." Yet he also registers the enormity of the change that followed—including forced settlement, assimilation and dependency—when Crazy Horse surrendered his rifle to a U.S. Army officer less than a year later. Chapters alternately emphasizing strategy, weaponry, beliefs, lifestyle and other areas lend a fractured quality and some redundancy to the narrative. But Marshall's thoughtful reflections and rich detail (much of it drawn from the oral stories of unidentified Lakota elders) also immerse the reader in the experience of a once free people wrestling with an uncertain destiny.

  • Booklist "Marshall offers a thoughtful and enlightening alternative look at this iconic chapter in American history."
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