Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown

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2 Responses to “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown”

  1. Hayden C. Says:

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is about settlers colonizing the western United States and the drastic impact that they had on the Native American tribes that lived there. The book focuses on Native Americans tribes and the injustice they faced at the hands of the government and racist settlers. It also touches on the troubles that the government were facing keeping their citizens happy. Most citizens of the United States did not want to share land with the Native Americans and the tribes were angry when the settlers impeded upon their ancestral lands. It created an environment laced with tension. Even though the author could have taken a biased perspective, the book stays completely fact based and true to history.

    This book is enjoyable. Oftentimes it was hard to read because of the cruelty and betrayal that occurred throughout the plot. At other times, it was dry because of its completely factual nature, but learning about the darker aspects of U.S. history are an important part of being an American citizen. The plot and message of this book is interesting and important, although the writing style is sometimes tedious. Overall, the book made a lasting impression, but it could have been more engaging for a better reading experience.

    Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

    Recommendations: Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson, The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling

  2. Summer D. Says:

    Bury My Heart is a story of the colonization of the United States, focusing on its impact on the population of Native Americans. The book is not told from exclusively the perspective of the natives, but with a balance of historical accounts from both parties. Author Dee Brown does an exceptional job including a variety of perspectives from different sides of the issue, and gives a non-biased storyline depicting the many battles and negotiations that comprised the settling of the west. The book is purely factual, describing the various occurrences of attempted democracy and outright slaughter from both American soldiers and native tribes.

    In many ways, this book was difficult to get through. The lack of storyline and jumping around from event to event by Brown did not help in holding my attention, and as the book progressed, the stories began to blend together as they formed a familiar pattern: native cultures being slowly and methodically destroyed. The gory details failed to keep me reading for long, though I would recommend this book as a reference text because it effectively combines both sides of the story.

    Rating: 2.5 stars

    Recommendations: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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