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Chief Joseph & the flight of the Nez Perce : the untold story of an American tragedy

by Nerburn, Kent, 1946-

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" Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of Lewis and Clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, every bit as dramatic, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as a nation -- the 1,800-mile journey made by Chief Joseph and eight hundred Nez Perce men,... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction :
  • Searching for Joseph
  • Pt. 1. A
  • Time of hope
  • "We thought they might be descended from dogs"
  • A
  • Harvest for the lord
  • A
  • Child of two worlds
  • A
  • Tide of laws and men
  • "We will not give up the land"
  • "I am a man ; you will not tell me what to do"
  • Pt. 2. A
  • Time of war
  • "There have been killings"
  • "We are living here peacefully and want no trouble"
  • "The
  • Most terrible mountains I ever beheld"
  • "In a dream last night I saw myself killed"
  • "Pursue them to the death"
  • Alone in a strange country
  • "Our people are hungry and weak"
  • "I think we will all be caught and killed"
  • "Soldiers are coming"
  • "Colonel Miles wants to meet with Chief Joseph"
  • "It is cold and we have no blankets"
  • Pt. 3. A
  • Time of betrayal and exile
  • "You will be returned to your homeland"
  • "You must move again"
  • "When will these white chiefs begin to tell the truth?"
  • "Is it possible that the noble red man is not a myth?"
  • "A
  • Good country to get rid of Indians in"
  • "I have heard talk and talk but nothing is done"
  • "I know what is good for you now, Mr. Indian"
  • "We won't be responsible for their lives 24 hours after their arrival"
  • "I would be happy with very little"
  • Epilogue : "The
  • Noblest Indian of them all"
  • A note on sources.