Black Hawk's War: Through Native Eyes Analytical Essay by Nicky

Black Hawk's War: Through Native Eyes
This paper looks at Black Hawk as an honored warrior.
# 146775 | 2,453 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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In this article, the writer supports the thesis that the real Black Hawk was not at all the villainous foe of white society that was portrayed in history book, but that he was an honored warrior, when viewed from his on cultural traditions and heritage. The writer explores opinions regarding Black Hawk from primary and secondary sources. The writer also explains some of his most misunderstood actions from a Native-American perspective. The writer focuses on problems found with a work by F. Stevens, one of the most widely cited references regarding Black Hawk's war. The writer discusses how white perceptions and native traditions clashed to create a conflict that tore apart a people for the sake of progress.

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From the Paper:

"To place the war chief below the civil chief represents an error on the part of Stevens in his account. Both the war chief and the civil chief cannot act on behalf of the tribe without consent of council. Council must agree on the actions of both rulers. This differs from American government, where the president and representatives of the government have the authority to act on their own, doing what they feel is in their best interest.
"Steven's account of Black Hawk makes it appear that he was acting alone. When a raid or act of war is portrayed, the author uses the singular Black Hawk in the description. Seldom does he mention the party that went with him and his forces in war. Throughout the account, the warriors that accompanied him are treated as if they have no mind of their own. This is an error on the part of Stevens, as these warriors would not have accompanied him without approval of their actions from council. Black Hawk's actions represented a group decision that fighting was the best thing to do, he was only carrying out his duty as war chief, as point that is often missed in historical accounts."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Drake, Benjamin. The Great Indian Chief of the West: or, Life and Adventures of Black Hawk . United States Book Company, 1848. Northern Illinois University. (Accessed March 28, 2009). ]
  • Finley, James B. Life Among the Indians; or, Personal Reminiscences and Historical Incidents . Cincinnati: Cranston and Curts, 1860. Newberry Library. P. 542. <> (Accessed March 28, 2009).
  • Lewis, J. The Black Hawk War of 1832. 2000. < > (Accessed March 28, 2009).
  • Smith, W. The History of Wisconsin: In Three Parts, Historical, Documentary, and Descriptive, 1854, pp. 221-406. < ack+hawk%27s+band&source=web&ots=AFV9mPs3ub&sig=83ojd- ZdXsl4sANrD78h_sk9QR4#PPA226,M1> (Accessed March 28, 2009).
  • Stevens, F. The Black Hawk War. Chicago, Illinois: Library of Congress . 1903. frontco ver&source=bl&ots=CGL3e6z0Yy&sig=TCqHyteUzVqbI- 55kjOOX_hLfFM&hl=en&ei=MtrOSc_6FaTglQerxpHJCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&res num=3&ct=result#PPA27,M1 (Accessed March 28, 2009).

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