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Black Kettle (Englisch)

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This is the compelling, tragic story of a great Cheyenne Chief. As white settlers poured into the west during the nineteenth century, many famous Indian chiefs fought to stop them, including Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Geronimo. But one great Cheyenne chief, Black Kettle, understood that the whites could not be stopped. To save his people, he worked unceasingly to establish peace and avoid bloodshed. Yet despite his heroic efforts, the Cheyennes were repeatedly betrayed and would become the victims of two notorious massacres, the second of which cost Black Kettle his life.In this first biography of black Kettle, historian Thom Hatch at last gives us the full story of this illustrious Native American leader, offering an unforgettable portrait of a chief who sought peace but found war. Praise for "Thom Hatch The Blue, the Gray, and the Red" - "Clear and even-handed...this popular history recounts grim, bloody, lesser-known events of the Civil War...the slaughter of Black Kettle's Cheyennes at Sand Creek ...forms a devastating chapter." - "Publishers Weekly". "The Custer Companion" - "Highly recommended ...a reliable and impartial guide to the subject and literature."

- "Library Journal". "Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn" - "A work that is readable by itself, meticulously researched and clearly written." - "The Tulsa World". -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.


Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Geronimo. Their names ring down through history as symbols of noble defiance against overwhelming odds. These great warrior chiefs challenged the might of the U.S. Army in desperate and doomed attempts to end white encroachment on their land and preserve their traditional ways of life. We honor their memories not for their success, but for their courage. There was another great chief, no less courageous, who believed that the only way to save his people was by waging peace instead of war. His name was Black Kettle.

This is the first biography of one of the most intriguing figures in the history of the American West. It traces the life of Black Kettle from the days of his youth, when he proved his courage and leadership skills in battles against enemy tribes, through his elevation to chief of the Cheyennes–and his realization that, for the good of his people, he must become a statesman rather than a warrior. It documents his ceaseless efforts to achieve just treaties with the United States, even in the face of death threats from members of his own tribe, and describes his ultimate betrayal by the very authorities with whom he struggled to make peace. Black Kettle survived one betrayal, the notorious Sand Creek Massacre, but the controversial battle at Washita Creek four years later cost him his life.

This fascinating journey through the life of Black Kettle and the early days of the Cheyennes explores the social, political, cultural, and historical factors that shaped every interaction between the Cheyennes and white settlers. Author Thom Hatch analyzes important treaties, examines race relations in the nineteenth-century American West, and recreates the battles and the massacres that marked the Cheyennes’ rise and fall. He also takes a fascinating look at tribal histories and customs and presents a memorable cast of characters, both famous and lesser-known, who played a role in shaping the frontier at this crucial time in history.

Complete with sixteen stunning period photos and more than a dozen helpful maps of Cheyenne territory, Black Kettle tells a compelling and tragic story that is essential to understanding the history of the Plains Indians and the truth about how the West was lost by Native American tribes.

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HASH(0x97186834) von 5 Sternen A Great Biography About An Important Man 17. Oktober 2004
Von Bob Reece - Veröffentlicht auf
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It has been 140 years since that dark dawn rose over the eastern plains of Colorado bathing the land in blood and gore at Sand Creek. Countless books have been written about the subject, and its story has been recounted in film. Today, there are those who believe it was a massacre, others it was a battle that turned into a massacre, but to all academic historians Chivington's attack upon a sleeping village of Cheyenne and Arapaho was nothing but a massacre turned into a blood bath of unspeakable horror.

A new book by Thom Hatch is now available entitled, "Black Kettle: The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace But Found War" The book is the first ever written biography about the Cheyenne leader. And, Sand Creek is at the center of Black Kettle's life.

Black Kettle is more than a story of one man's life. The story Hatch shares is rich in Plains Indian culture focusing on the Cheyenne people along with their form of government, laws, religion, courtship, and military society. The narrative follows the Cheyenne relationships with other tribes that were both productive and destructive. Hatch also describes life for the Cheyenne after the white man enters the scene. Hatch's passages about the warrior societies are filled with pageantry, color, and ritual.

Much of what Hatch discusses in this portion of the book has been written before, but Black Kettle finally becomes a human being instead of just a symbol of the wrongs committed against the Indians. After Black Kettle witnessed the peace gathering between his people and the Kiowas, Hatch explains its effect upon the Cheyenne leader.

"Perhaps this event made enough of an impression upon Black Kettle that it served as a lesson in shaping his future role as a man who believed that peace with any enemy - even the white man - was attainable if both parties were honorable and sincere with their promise to become friends."

The centerpiece of any story around Black Kettle has to be the Sand Creek Massacre and Hatch does not disappoint the reader. There can be no honest telling of Sand Creek that doesn't move the reader, and the story of Black Kettle at Sand Creek is powerful. Black Kettle leads as many of his people as he can to safety to the Sand Pits except for his wife, Medicine Woman Later, who is shot down near the creek in a hail of bullets.

At twilight, Black Kettle returns to find his wife as the soldiers commit the atrocities around him. Finding Medicine Woman Later still alive, Black Kettle carries her on his back for miles until he catches-up with the survivors, who by now are moving northeast away from the killing field. Putting his wife on a horse, Black Kettle leads his people to the Dog Soldier camps.

So ends the Sand Creek Massacre, but far more of the life of Black Kettle follows. A true leader is one that stands up for what he believes, never wavers, and makes decisions based solely on the betterment of his people, not for how it might make his life better. Black Kettle was such a leader. Black Kettle continued to sue for peace from the white man, even after Sand Creek, even though many of his people chastised him for it, even though the intimidation of the Dog Soldiers tried to stop him. Black Kettle knew his people would be doomed if they continued to fight the people moving into their lands. He believed peace was the only choice the Cheyenne had to save what they could of their way of life.

Tom Hatch brings us the complete life of Black Kettle -- his analysis of the man's life and the events surrounding it is fresh, bold, and provides new challenges for future researches.
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HASH(0x97186c84) von 5 Sternen One American's Most Shameful Episodes 8. Februar 2005
Von Granni Jani - Veröffentlicht auf
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The title should read, "Black Kettle, the Cheyenne Chief who Sought Life and Found Only Death". This is a difficult book to read because the story is not only true but shameful. As someone from Colorado, I was horrified to learn many of our streets and city areas are named after men who were often theives, liars, opportunists and some even condoned the murder of the Native Americans. One tries to frame the story in the context of the time and the ignorance and the misunderstandings of the of white America, yet in 2005 the site of the Sand Creek massacre is a minor footnote that most Coloradians are unaware and The Black Hills still have not been returned to the Souix, so has our sense of justice towards Native Americans really changed? The book does a excellent, informative telling of the story of a very shameful part of Colorado and American history.This is the story of an exceptional man who rightly always believed in peace but wrongly believed in the U.S. government. We should be reminded of this past and never forget the genocide that was carried out in the country in the name of westward expansion. Black Kettle should be remembered as man who was as great in statue as any American hero.
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HASH(0x97186e88) von 5 Sternen A peaceful man who deserved better 22. Juli 2011
Von Efrem Sepulveda - Veröffentlicht auf
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With the coming of the Europeans to America's shores, it was only a matter of time before the settlers whose ancestors were from the Old World would lock horns with the many Native American tribes that roamed across the Great Plains. With only a small amount of traffic going across the Santa Fe Trail beforehand, the discovery of gold near preent-day Denver sparked a rush of miners and others who would profit from the new discoveries. The resulting antagonsim from the influx of settlers into Indian lands resulted in attacks depredations by the Indians as well as counterattacks from the whites.

This book is about the life of the Cheyenne chief, Black Kettle, who saw that the combined forces of the Indians of the plains would be no match for the might of the United States Army and tried to resolve the conflicts between the two races peacefully. Not only did he face opposition from the new settlers, but also from members of his own tribe, especially the fierce Dog Soldiers.

The story is told brilliantly by the author and it illustrates the conflict, the betrayal of the Indians by corrupt Indian agents and U.S. soldiers through fraud and broken treaties and the needless killing of innocent women and children at Sand Creek, CO in 1864 and along the Washita River near present-day Cheyenne, OK in 1868 where Black Kettle would meet his tragic demise at the hands of General Custer.

Despite the harshness of his life, Black Kettle fervently sought peace for his people and did what he could to keep violence at a minimum to his last days. He learned from his experiences that peace was possible, for his tribe the Cheyenne made peace with their previous enemies, the Kiowas and the Comanches. It is a shame that it has been only in the past few years that a biography of any kind has been created for Black Kettle. Mr. Hatch does a yeoman's job of bringing to life the career of this peaceful man who tried to minimize the sorrow of his people that still exists unto this day.

The book is a quick read at around 270 pages with a good biblipgraphy, endnotes and index. I recommend this book to anybody who wants to drop the old myths and tales about the original inhabitants of this land.
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HASH(0x97186a68) von 5 Sternen Black Kettle of Peace 1. Juli 2013
Von Katie D - Veröffentlicht auf
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So hard when you want just peace to be discouraged in everything you try to do to obtain it. The author has written a easy and well done history of a man who should have had more from this land and his people. Every reader should take it upon themselves to find some of the reasons of what has gone wrong with the native Americans in this country. This is a place to start. The author has done a good job in discussing the white mans and the Indians role in the results of intermingling two cultures. It is well written and informative. Recommend anyone interested in learning more on the native American question pick up this book.
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HASH(0x97186e10) von 5 Sternen Awesome read! 10. Mai 2013
Von Lawerance Southerland - Veröffentlicht auf
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One of the most fascinating books I've read recently. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys western history and especially native American history. Well written and kept my interest from front to back. I grew up just miles from where Black Kettle was camped when he was killed. I never knew when I was in school the the Battle of the Washita was so close to where I lived. I've heard and read about Gen. Custer all my life. Only a few years ago did I have a chance to got to the battle site. What a surreal feeling it was to walk the same ground where Custer fought and Black Kettle, and many others fought and died. You could almost hear the voices from the past. Reading this book and visiting the battlefield connected the gap between reading history and touching history.
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