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Death On the Prairie

(1956)
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Death on the Prairie is a sweeping narrative history of the Indian wars on the western plains that never loses sight of the individual actors. Beginning with the Minnesota Sioux Uprising in 1862, Paul I. Wellman shifts to conflicts in present-day Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, and South Dakota, involving, most spectacularly, the Sioux, but also the Cheyennes, Arapahos, Comanches, Kiowas, Utes, and Nez Perces - all being ezed out of their hunting grounds by white settlers.

There is never a quiet page as Wellman describes the Sand Creek Massacre (1864), the Fetterman Massacre (1866), the Battle of the Washita (1868), the Battle of Adobe Walls (1874), the Battle of the Little Big Horn (1876), the Nez Perce War (1877), the Meeker Massacre (1879), and the tragedy at wounded Knee (1890) that ended the fighting on the plains. Celebrated chiefs (Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, Black Kettle, Satanta, Joseph, Ouray, Sitting Bull) clash with army officers (notably Custer, Sheridan, Miles, and Crook), and uncounted men, women, and children on both sides are cast in roles of fatal consequence.



Used availability for Paul I Wellman's Death On the Prairie

Hardback Editions

September 1987 : USA Hardback
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Title: Death on the Prairie: The Thirty Years' Struggle for the Western Plains
Author(s): Paul I Wellman Jr
ISBN: 0-8032-4747-8 / 978-0-8032-4747-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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Paperback Editions

January 1987 : USA Paperback
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Title: Death on the Prairie: The Thirty Years' Struggle for the Western Plains
Author(s): Paul I Wellman Jr
ISBN: 0-8032-9721-1 / 978-0-8032-9721-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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November 1972 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death on the Prairie
Author(s): Paul I Wellman
ISBN: 0-552-09093-X / 978-0-552-09093-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Books
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