38 Nooses

38 Nooses : Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End

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A "Kirkus" Best Book of the Year In August 1862, after suffering decades of hardship, broken treaties, and relentless encroachment on their land, the Dakota leader Little Crow reluctantly agreed that his people must go to war. After six weeks of fighting, the uprising was smashed, thousands of Indians were taken prisoner by the US army, and 303 Dakotas were sentenced to death. President Lincoln, embroiled in the most devastating period of the Civil War, personally intervened to save the lives of 265 of the condemned men, but in the end, 38 Dakota men would be hanged in the largest government-sanctioned execution in U.S. history. Writing with uncommon immediacy and insight, Scott W. Berg details these events within the larger context of the Civil War, the history of the Dakota people and the subsequent United States Indian wars, and brings to life this overlooked but seminal moment in American history."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 363 pages
  • 132 x 196 x 22mm | 359.99g
  • Vintage Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0307389138
  • 9780307389138
  • 784,911

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"Kirkus Reviews "has named "38 Nooses" a Best Nonfiction Book of 2012. "Berg positions the book with the perfect focal length, tight enough to include fascinating and fleshed-out characters such as Little Crow, a skillful leader cursed with the gift of foresight, the captive-turned-supporter of the Indians Sarah Wakefield, and Lincoln himself, but also wide enough to capture the moral arc of the entire nation." --"The Daily Beast," "Hot Reads" "Impressive. . . . Alongside his portrait of Lincoln, Berg makes vivid his other protagonists. . . It is Little Crow who, from the opening pages, stand tallest in the reader's mind." --"USA Today " "Scott W. Berg reminds us in his splendid new book . . . that the Civil War was only part of the nation's crises in that era. . . . Berg does a remarkable job with the story and its aftermath, drawing on memoirs, contemporary reports and presidential papers to re-create--and offer an easy road map through--a complicated narrative." --Scott Martelle (author of "Detroit: A Biography")," Los Angeles Times " "Superb. . . . "38 Nooses "is an imposing work, a moving story of an event enveloped within the most calamitous four years in American annals, and a book proving that obscure does not translate to unimportant when applied to events in history." --"Dallas Morning News" "Engrossing. . . . Berg's finely grained portraits of the protagonists and antagonists humanize the conflict." --"Minneapolis Star-Tribune" "Although Berg's sympathies are clearly with the Dakota, he avoids preaching and strives successfully to present a balanced narrative of the conflict while providing excellent portrayals of some of the key participants. This is a valuable but understandably depressing account of an obscure but important episode in our history." --"Booklist " "This fascinating book examines the opening salvo in the U.S. conquest of the Great Plains and is highly recommended for all rshow more

About Scott W Berg

Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Scott W. Berg holds a BA in architecture from the University of Minnesota, an MA from Miami University of Ohio, and an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University, where he now teaches writing and literature. The author of "Grand Avenues: The Story of Pierre Charles L Enfant, the French Visionary Who Designed Washington, D.C., " he is a regular contributor to "The Washington Post.""show more