The earliest extant copy, inscribed by Brown with the note "carbon copy of the first submission (which no longer exists)," and specially bound at Brown's direction for his own library.<br />
"Brown's reassessment of the 19th-century wars between Indians and the federal government resonated with a generation of Americans [...] Brown's text fueled growing outrage against injustices perpetuated by the federal government. It was a history that reached beyond its subject and helped to define an era." – Ned Blackhawk, THE NEW YORKER
Published shortly after the establishment of the grassroots activist American Indian Movement (formally founded in 1968) and during the Vietnam War, Brown's work not only had an immense effect on a generation of American historians but was a best-selling popular success as well. BURY MY HEART remains a powerful corrective to the romanticized myths that often still constitute the standard history of American expansionism and colonialism: "I have tried to fashion a narrative of the conquest of the American West as the victims experienced it, using their own words whenever possible." Composed while Brown was a professor at the University of Illinois and bearing his Urbana address, this unique copy was bound in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he retired. A spectacular copy in its most original obtainable state of the classic revisionist history of Indigenous Americans' experience of westward expansion by the United States.
Read more: Blackhawk, "A New History of Native Americans Responds to 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,'" The New Yorker, 20 January 2019.
[Urbana, IL]: n.p, [before 1970]. 11'' x 8.5''. Textured glossy green cloth with gilt lettering, bound at Brown's direction by the J & B Quality Book Bindery of Little Rock, Arkansas. , 592, 19 leaves, typed rectos only. Inscribed by Brown on half-title with note "Carbon copy of first submission (which no longer exists)." Binder's label affixed to front paste-down. Pencil corrections to table of contents; "Brown" written on corner of last page. Minor wear to boards; a few faint traces of soil to title page and half-title; paper clip marking to final index page. Faint creasing to some pages.
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