Let Me Be Free: The Nez Perce Tragedy

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1999 - History - 403 pages
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In Let Me Be Free, David Lavender tells the tragic story of the Nez Perce struggle against annihilation. Encroaching settlers and violent disputes resulted in the Nez Perce War of 1877, a desperate attempt by Chief Joseph and his small band of Nez Perce Indians from the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon to elude strong forces of U.S. Cavalry and civilian volunteers and escape to Canada.

 

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LET ME BE FREE: A Nez PercĒ Tragedy

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Lavender, a prolific historian of the West (The Way to the Western Sea, 1988, etc.), offers a tragic tale of a Native American tribe's loss of its land, culture, and identity. The 1877 flight of the ... Read full review

Let me be free: the Nez Perce tragedy

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One of the great historians of the American West, author of the highly acclaimed The Way to the Western Sea ( LJ 12/88) and the classic Bent's Fort (1954), here draws on his studies of the fur trade ... Read full review

Contents

The Grave
1
We The People
8
The First Intrusions
21
4 Rivalries and Seductions
33
Minglings
46
The Quest
62
Rejection
75
The Energies of Hope
83
Catastrophe
116
Back Home
137
Upheaval
155
A Touch of Gold
170
The Big Steal
181
Impasse
193
Flumes
208
The Antagonists
219

The Struggle for Souls
98

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David Lavender is the author of more than two dozen books on the West, among them Bent's Fort, California: Land of New Beginnings, Westward Vision: The Story of the Oregon Trail, The Southwest, and The Way to the Western Sea: Lewis and Clark Across the Continent.

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