"Journey of Crazy Horse"
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In this article, the writer notes that the Native-American historian and anthropologist Joseph Marshall III is the author of many previous books on Lakota culture. But the warrior Crazy Horse is more than an important part of Lakota history in Marshall's estimation. Crazy Horse was also Marshall's boyhood hero. The writer discusses that with the value of adult wisdom and respect, Marshall attempts to craft a biography of Crazy Horse that presents the life of the proud Lakota warrior and leader that transcends the myths Crazy Horse's life spawned in both the tales of Native Americans and white historians. The writer notes that Marshall admits his subjectivity, and states that it is impossible to gain a full portrait of Crazy Horse in an objective fashion, given that the symbol of Crazy Horse has transcended the man who walked the earth. The writer points out that Marshall, instead, offers clarifications about the facts pertaining to Crazy Horse's most famous victory and muses upon what Crazy Horse means to whites and to native peoples today. The writer maintains that this is, given the imperfect nature of history, as clear a portrait as one can access of Crazy Horse.
From the Paper:"Marshall attempts to provide a historical context to the battle, to Crazy Horse's entire life and military career. He persuasively demonstrates that Little Big Horn was not an anomaly, or simply the result of a desire for violence or a violation of the rules of combat. For example, another of this warrior's great feats was winning Battle of the Rosebud also near Buffalo, Wyoming, in which Crazy Horse and his men fought General George Crook only eight days prior to the glorious days of Little Bighorn. There, Crazy Horse established a critical advantage over the federal forces by preventing Crook's men from joining Custer.
"Despite his skill in battle, however, Crazy Horse was not crazy. In fact, no one could be 'crazy' and show the calculated, tactical success he did in the field. Crazy Horse put his people before his own needs. He later surrendered rather at Fort Robinson because he wanted to ensure survival of his Lakota people. But this did not besmirch his reputation in Native American history."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Marshall, Joseph III. The Journey of Crazy Horse. New York: Viking Adult, 2004.
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