Little Crow

1224 words 5 pages
The author of Little Crow: Spokesman for the Sioux, Gary Clayton Anderson, is a professor of history at the University of Oklahoma. He is also the author Kinsmen of Another Kind: Dakota-White Relations in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1650-1862, The Conquest of Texas: Ethnic Cleansing in the Promised Land, 1830-1875 and The Indian Southwest 1580-1830: Ethnogenesis and Cultural Reinvention. Other publications include Sitting Bull and the Paradox of Lakota Nationhood and he teaches U.S. Survey and Native American history courses at University of Oklahoma at undergraduate and graduate levels. Anderson is credited for co-editing with Alan R. Woolworth on the publication of, Through Dakota Eyes: Narrative Accounts of the Minnesota Indian War of …show more content…
He spent the vast majority of his life working deals, signing treaties, doing whatever he could to keep his people safe. Little Crow also tried to accommodate as much as possible to the dominant white culture to avoid confrontations. This sense of leadership faded quickly for Little Crow when his relationships fell through and he felt deceived. At this point, violence was inevitable. It was in 1862 that Little Crow found fighting to be his only option; he had to follow his tribe. According to Raymond J. DeMallie in Minnesota History, “Anderson suggests that the chief’s surprising decision to join in the rebellion was motivated by his personal sense of betrayal by the Americans, as well as by a hope that this action would allow him to regain political power.”
Anderson has not only provided the reader with a remarkable historical narrative of Little Crow, he has also brought meaning to a life that deserved renowned recognition. He captures the full magnitude of Little Crows leadership role, his political dominance, and still keeps him grounded in his cultural beliefs. Paul Stuart articulates, “This biography will take its place among recent contributions


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