The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story

Paperback | May 8, 2011

byElliott West

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This volume in Oxford's acclaimed Pivotal Moments series offers an unforgettable portrait of the Nez Perce War of 1877, the last great Indian conflict in American history. It was, as Elliott West shows, a tale of courage and ingenuity, of desperate struggle and shattered hope, of short-sightedgovernment action and a doomed flight to freedom.To tell the story, West begins with the early history of the Nez Perce and their years of friendly relations with white settlers. In an initial treaty, the Nez Perce were promised a large part of their ancestral homeland, but the discovery of gold led to a stampede of settlement within the NezPerce land. Numerous injustices at the hands of the US government combined with the settlers' invasion to provoke this most accommodating of tribes to war. West offers a riveting account of what came next: the harrowing flight of 800 Nez Perce, including many women, children and elderly, across 1500 miles of mountainous and difficult terrain. He gives a full reckoning of the campaigns and battles--and the unexpected turns, brilliant stratagems, andgrand heroism that occurred along the way. And he brings to life the complex characters from both sides of the conflict, including cavalrymen, officers, politicians, and--at the center of it all--the Nez Perce themselves (the Nimiipuu, "true people").

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This volume in Oxford's acclaimed Pivotal Moments series offers an unforgettable portrait of the Nez Perce War of 1877, the last great Indian conflict in American history. It was, as Elliott West shows, a tale of courage and ingenuity, of desperate struggle and shattered hope, of short-sightedgovernment action and a doomed flight to fr...

Elliott West is Professor of American History at the University of Arkansas.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.18 inPublished:May 8, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199769184

ISBN - 13:9780199769186

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List of Illustrations and MapsEditor's NotePrefaceTimelinePart One1. Real People2. Marks of Friendship3. The Place of the Butterflies4. "God Named This Land to Us"5. Gold, Prophecy, and the Steal Treaty6. "Conquering by Kindness"Part Two7. "It Will Have to Be War!"8. Maneuvering and Scrapping9. Ways of Life, Ways of War10. Leaving Home11. Big Hole12. Toward Buffalo Country13. War in Wonderland14. "The Best Skirmishers in the World"15. Toward the Medicine LinePart Three16. Under the Bear's Paw17. Going to Hell18. Eeikish Pah and ReturnEpilogueAcknowledgementsNotesBibliographyIndex