Year 2, Book 38

38. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
HBO just made this book into a movie, which I plan to watch. So I wanted to read the book first. It is a chronicle of the relationship between white settlers and Native Americans. It’s extremely sad, and made me very angry at the way the Native American tribes were treated. The white men basically came and stole all their land. The tribes tried to do whatever they could for the most part to still keep their lives to a reasonable degree and still keep peace by giving the white men what they wanted, but time and time again the white men ignored the treaties that they made the tribes sign. Even when the tribes acquiesced and went to reservations with promises of being taken care of, the white men didn’t provide any of the food or supplies they promised. Although I was very disturbed by the stories told, the book itself seemed a bit repetitive because it was just hundreds of pages of the same stuff happening to tribes all over the country, which did wind up making it a bit boring to read. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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