ERIC Number: ED116850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec-15
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Chief Joseph: The Story of an American Indian.
Johnson, R. P.
Written for children in grades 5-9, this biography of the Nez Perce leader, Chief Joseph, describes the conflict between the Nez Perce American Indian tribe and the United States government, known as the Nez Perce War of 1877. Describing the 1,700 mile retreat of those Nez Perce who refused to surrender their lands to white settlers, ranchers, and miners, this book traces the steps of the Nez Perce from June to early October, recounting the major battles and lesser actions which contributed to the fame and respect accorded Chief Joseph. This book also presents pertinent historical background which illustrates the cultural differences and/or conflicts inherent in the Anglo-Indian relationship of the 19th century. Titled "Defeat Without Honor", the final chapter recounts Chief Joseph's surrender to Colonel Nelson Miles; his peoples' Kansas reservation experience; his appeal to the President of the United States for reservation lands closer to the original home of the Nez Perce; and his death. Photographs of Chief Joseph and his people are interspersed throughout the text. (JC)
Descriptors: American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Anglo Americans, Biographies, Childrens Literature, Culture Conflict, Federal Government, Grade 5, Grade 9, History, Leadership Qualities, Treaties, Tribes, War
Dillon Press, Inc., 500 South Third St., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415 ($4.95, hardbound)
Publication Type: Books
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