PROUD WARRIOR: The Story of Black Hawk by Marion Lawson

PROUD WARRIOR: The Story of Black Hawk

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A somewhat fictionalized, dialogue-laden biography of the Sauk warrior who saw his people and a way of life destroyed by the hands of westward-moving whites. The Indians were pawns in the 1812 American-British conflict and they were tricked into signing away Saukenuk, their holy ground, but the establishment of Black Hawk as a white-hater from the moment his blue-eyed rival was born into the tribe is suspect, the portrayal too overfly sympathetic. The chief saw his tribe's numbers diminished by disease, its dignity diminished by alcohol; his final humiliation was the necessary submission to rival Keokuk, fortune's child but ultimately another casualty of deceptive White Father diplomacy.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1968
Publisher: Hawthorn