The Life and Death of Crazy Horse

by Russell Freedman and Amos Bad Heart Bull

Russell Freedman's thoughtful narrative on the life of the great Sioux leader... read more

Russell Freedman's thoughtful narrative on the life of the great Sioux leader portrays a man of dignity, conviction and courage who spent his life resisting the United States government in its efforts to displace, restrain, and destroy his people. Crazy Horse is seen as an individual of destiny from the time he was a child, but how that destiny would play itself out was unknown. He neither gloried in nor turned his back on the warfare that was an inevitable part of the Sioux's battle for survival. He never signed a treated with the whites. The description of Crazy Horse's elderly parents riding off with their son's body after he was murdered cannot be forgotten. Black- and-white reproductions of ledger art created by Oglala Sioux artist Amos Bad Heart Bull in the late 19th century are used to illustrate this stirring biography. (Ages 11-15)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1996

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