Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

The landmark, bestselling account of the crimes against American Indians during the 19th century, now on its 50th Anniversary.

First published in 1970, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of American Indians during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold almost four million copies and has been translated into seventeen languages. It was the basis for the 2007 movie of the same name from HBO films.

Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown introduces readers to great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes, revealing in heartwrenching detail the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that methodically stripped them of freedom. A forceful narrative still discussed today as revelatory and controversial, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee permanently altered our understanding of how the American West came to be defined.

Dee Brown was the author of more than twenty-five books on the American West and the Civil War. A librarian for many years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Brown died in 2002.

Brown’s now classic history uses meticulously gathered firsthand testimony, council records, and autobiographies to trace the systematic efforts by the U.S. government to wipe out Indigenous Americans. It was banned in 1974 by a Wisconsin school district fearing the book was too polemical, with one official stating, “If there’s a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it?”


ISBN: 9780805086843

ISBN-10: 9780805086843

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

Publication Date: 05/15/2007 - 12:00am

On Sale: 05/15/2007 - 12:00am

Pages: 512

Language: English


History / Indigenous Peoples of the Americas

History / United States / 19th Century