In The Shadow of Wounded Knee: The Untold Final Story of the Indian Wars

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At the Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation on January 7, 1891, Lieutenant Edward Casey (the last white soldier to die in the Indian Wars) was assassinated by Lakota warrior Plenty Horses. Four days later peaceful Lakota hunters were ambushed by rancher Pete Culbertson and his brothers. According to frontier justice of the day, Plenty Horses would have been summarily hanged and the Culbertsons never brought to trial, but public opinion, inflamed by the massacre at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890, led to Plenty Horses and the Culbertsons being tried in civilian courts.

In telling the dramatic story of these events and their impact across the nation, In the Shadow of Wounded Knee shows America at the instant it was shifting from a wild frontier country into a modern nation and how the cost of building the country was paid not just in human lives but with the sacrifice of human hopes and dreams and the future of entire native cultures.

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Roger L. Di Silvestro is a senior editor at National Wildlife magazine and the author of several nature books, including The Endangered Kingdom. He lives in Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.

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“Di Silvestro grabs hold of his story. It is, in a word, haunting.” ―Los Angeles Times

“If you don't have any other book on Native America on your bookshelf, get this book. It's full of truth. It's going to tell you a lot of things that you don't know, a lot of things that have been kept hidden from all you since 1890, since the massacre at Wounded Knee.” ―Jay Winter Night Wolf, The Night Wolf Show

“This is a carefully researched book about an important trial in danger of being forgotten. It also puts the war on the northern plains in perspective.” ―Oklahoma Transcript

In the Shadow of Wounded Knee tells a little of who we were as a nation, and how that nation dealt with the civic virtue of justice, not to mention truth...Di Silvestro has done a remarkable job.” ―The Daily (Decatur)

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