Trask, Kerry A.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2007, 2006.
Prologue -- The beginning of sorrows -- The center of the world -- Things fall apart -- A tangled web -- Banished -- Spirits of the fathers -- The road to war -- A martial people -- The great fear -- A hero arose -- Hunting a shadow -- Into the valley of death -- Epilogue.
A retelling of the Black Hawk War that brings into focus the forces struggling for control over the American frontier. Until 1822, the Sauk Nation occupied one of North America's largest and most prosperous Indian settlements, the envy of white Americans who had already begun to encroach upon the rich Indian land. When the inevitable conflicts turned violent, the Sauks were forced into exile, banished forever from the east side of the Mississippi River. Black Hawk and his followers rose up in the spring of 1832 and defiantly crossed the Mississippi from Iowa to Illinois to reclaim their ancestral home. Though the war lasted only three months, no other violent encounter between white America and native peoples embodies so clearly the essence of the Republic's inner conflict between its belief in freedom and human rights and its insatiable appetite for new territory.--From publisher description.