The Encyclopedia of North American Indian Wars, 1607–1890: A Political, Social, and Military History (Google eBook)
Spencer Tucker, James R. Arnold, Roberta Wiener
ABC-CLIO, Sep 30, 2011 - History - 1318 pages
The Battle of the Wabash: the U.S. Army's single worst defeat at the hands of Native American forces. The Battle of Wounded Knee: an unfortunate, unplanned event that resulted in the deaths of more than 150 Lakota Sioux men, women, and children. These and other engagements between white settlers and Native Americans were events of profound historical significance, resulting in social, political, and cultural changes for both ethnic populations, the lasting effects of which are clearly seen today. The Encyclopedia of North American Indian Wars, 1607–1890: A Political, Social, and Military History provides comprehensive coverage of almost 300 years of North American Indian Wars.
Beginning with the first Indian-settler conflicts that arose in the early 1600s, this three-volume work covers all noteworthy battles between whites and Native Americans through the Battle of Wounded Knee in December 1890. The book provides detailed biographies of military, social, religious, and political leaders and covers the social and cultural aspects of the Indian wars. Also supplied are essays on every major tribe, as well as all significant battles, skirmishes, and treaties.
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Tucker (editor, The Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Conflicts to 1775) provides insight on a number of topics—wars, important figures, concepts, places—concerning Indian wars in North America from the establishment of the English colony in Jamestown, VA, in 1607 to the Battle of Wounded Knee in the early 1890s. An alphabetical list of entries, a list of maps, a list of tables, and a preface set the stage for the comprehensive content, enhanced by richly detailed, black-and-white photos, prints, and drawings. Battles and wars are marked with the event's date or time period at the beginning of each entry, and birth and death dates are included for entries on important figures. Volume 2 includes a valuable list of decorations, medals, and military honors; an overall bibliography; and a categorical index, which all further enhance the set and ease use. The third volume is an unusually robust collection of 167 primary-source documents, a chronological list of which guides readers to select material of interest. BOTTOM LINE This well-thought-out, well-organized, and visually appealing encyclopedia contains a wealth of information useful to high school and college researchers, as well as the general public. It provides much-needed coverage of North American Indian wars.—Annette Haldeman, Dept. of Legislative Svcs. Lib., Maryland General Assembly, Annapolis