The Autobiography of Black Hawk

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Cosimo, Inc., Oct 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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One of the most respected personages in Native American history, BLACK HAWK (1767-1838), Sauk war chief of the Native American tribe in Illinois, was already a renowned name in the early 1800s, having fought for the British during the War of 1812. By 1832, when Black Hawk led warriors against encroaching European settlers on Sauk lands, he was so well-known that the engagement became known as the Black Hawk War. In his 1833 autobiography, Black Hawk-dictating to American newspaper editor JOHN BARTON PATTERSON (1805-1890)-tells his tale, from the "Indian wars" as he saw them to his capture, in 1832, by American forces and his subsequent meeting with President Andrew Jackson and grand tour of the United States. A provocative look at Black Hawk's wisdom and, ironically, his misunderstanding of the politics of the United States, this is a fascinating firsthand account of one of the foundational philosophical battles of American history.

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User Review  - bicyclewriter - LibraryThing

Interesting historical perspective, and I did enjoy that aspect of it. But it's pretty dry reading. Also, this was clearly translated as it was written 100 years ago, since the writing style and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vicki_Weisfeld - LibraryThing

This short book—the full title of which is Autobiography of Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak, or Black Hawk, Embracing the Traditions of his Nation, Various Wars In Which He Has Been Engaged, and His ... Read full review

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Page 3 - In accordance with his request, I acted as Interpreter; and was particularly cautious, to understand distinctly the narrative of Black Hawk throughout — and have examined the work carefully, since its completion — and have no hesitation in pronouncing it strictly correct, in all its particulars. Given under my hand, at the Sac and Fox Agency, the day and date above written. ANTOINE LECLAIR, US Interpreter for the Sacs and Foxes.

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