God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America

God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America

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"Louis S. Warren’s God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America is that rare historical account that reads like a novel---a sweeping, emotionally gripping book that instantly transports the reader to an America at the turn of the 19th century, when fake news, land grabs and institutionalized racism were growing its roots."

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The definitive account of the Ghost Dance religion, which led to the infamous massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890

Winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History

In 1890, on Indian reservations across the West, followers of a new religion danced in circles until they collapsed into trances. In an attempt to suppress this new faith, the US Army killed over two hundred Lakota Sioux at Wounded Knee Creek. In God's Red Son, historian Louis Warren offers a startling new view of the religion known as the Ghost Dance, from its origins in the visions of a Northern Paiute named Wovoka to the tragedy in South Dakota. To this day, the Ghost Dance remains widely mischaracterized as a primitive and failed effort by Indian militants to resist American conquest and return to traditional ways. In fact, followers of the Ghost Dance sought to thrive in modern America by working for wages, farming the land, and educating their children, tenets that helped the religion endure for decades after Wounded Knee. God's Red Son powerfully reveals how Ghost Dance teachings helped Indians retain their identity and reshape the modern world.

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