• Summary
  • Contents

Political History of America’s Wars is the first reference work to explore the legislative, social, and policy aspects of America’s major wars, rebellions, and insurrections. This volume weaves together important primary source documents, informative biographies, and in-depth essays to provide coverage of the political antecedents, events, and consequences of America’s wars, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chapter 25. Sioux War for the Black Hills (1876–1879)
Chapter 25. Sioux war for the Black Hills (1876–1879)
At Issue

After gold was discovered in the Black Hills of Dakota Territory, the United States, claiming to act in defense of settlers, launched a war of aggression to remove the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the region and resettle them on reservations. The Indians considered the Black Hills sacred ground and fiercely resisted removal.

The Conflict

During a military patrol in the Black Hills in 1874, troopers under the ...

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