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Questions for Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1 of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.




  1. Why does the myth of the American west matter to the understanding of the west?

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  1. What problem do scholars face when attempting to reconstruct the Native experience in the period of American westward experience? Why does this problem matter?

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  1. Dee Brown states “Out of all these sources of almost forgotten oral history, I have tried to fashion a narrative of the conquest of the American West as the victims experience it, using their own words whenever possible. Americans who have always looked westward when reading about this period should read this book facing eastward.”  Analyze this statement in the context of a historical argument.

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  1. Why do you think Brown jumps from Columbus’ encounter in 1492 to the encounter in Virginia in 1607? In what way is he framing his argument, via evidence?

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  1. What does King Philips War represent – historically – for Brown?

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  1. Beginning on page 6, Brown seems to change focus, slightly, in his discussion about the destruction of the native peoples and the transformation of the physical environment. Do you think this change is purposeful? Why/why not? What is the effect of this section?

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  1. What are the historical forces that cause the “permanent Indian frontier” to be violated? When did the violation begin and how did it come about?

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  1. How does Brown make use of the phrase “permanent Indian frontier” to pursue or explore his central purpose?

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  1. How does Brown view “Manifest Destiny”?

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  1. How did native groups respond to the American entrance into the western frontier land? Were there any overlapping patterns?

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  1. How was the experience in the “far West” different? Why does Brown include this?

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  1. Dee Brown wrote this book in 1970. He claims that he was writing in “an age without heroes.” Why do you think he writes this? [Remember to consider the second part of his statement: “...they are perhaps the most heroic of all Americans.”]

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  1. After reading the chapter, what is the thesis/argument of Chapter 1? Is he persuasive? Why/Why not?

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