Bound to Have Blood: Frontier Newspapers and the Plains Indian Wars by Hugh J. ReillyBound to Have Blood: Frontier Newspapers and the Plains Indian Wars by Hugh J. Reilly

Bound to Have Blood: Frontier Newspapers and the Plains Indian Wars

byHugh J. Reilly

Paperback | October 1, 2011

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The Plains Indian Wars were always front-page news in frontier newspapers, and it was to such local newspapers that the public invariably turned for information about the fighting. The vivid, colorful accounts there captivated the nation—and in hindsight reveal much about the attitudes and prejudices of the public and the press.

Bound to Have Blood takes readers back to the late nineteenth century to show how newspaper reporting influenced attitudes about the conflict between the United States and Native Americans. Emphasizing primary sources and eyewitness accounts, Bound to Have Blood focuses on eight watershed events between 1862 and 1891: the Great Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, the Sand Creek massacre, the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the flight of the Nez Perce, the Cheyenne outbreak, the trial of Standing Bear, and the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890 and its aftermath. Each chapter examines an individual event, analyzing the balance and accuracy of the newspaper coverage and how the reporting of the time reinforced stereotypes about Native Americans.
Hugh J. Reilly is an associate professor in the School of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a member of the university’s Native American studies faculty. He is the coauthor of Historic Omaha: An Illustrated History of Omaha and Douglas County and Father Flanagan of Boys Town: A Man of Vision.
Title:Bound to Have Blood: Frontier Newspapers and the Plains Indian WarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.98 × 5.97 × 0.44 inPublished:October 1, 2011Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Frontier Newspapers
1. Great Sioux Uprising: August-December 1862
2. Sand Creek Massacre: November 1864
3. Fort Laramie Treaty: 1868
4. The Little Big Horn Campaign: January-July 1876
5. The Flight of the Nez Perce: March-October 1877
6. The Cheyenne Outbreak: September 1878-January 1879
7. The Standing Bear Trial: April-May 1879
8. Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee: 1890-1891
9. Closing the Circle

Editorial Reviews

"This is a welcome addition to Indian studies that documents an important feature of the history of the American West."—James W. Parins, American Indian Culture and Research Journal
- James W. Parins - American Indian Culture and Research Journal