"I Am a Man": Chief Standing Bear's Journey for Justice by Joe Starita

By Joe Starita

In 1877, leader status Bear's Ponca Indian tribe used to be forcibly faraway from their Nebraska native land and marched to what was once then referred to as Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), in what grew to become the tribe's personal path of Tears. "I Am a guy" chronicles what occurred whilst status endure trigger on a six-hundred-mile stroll to come the physique of his simply son to their conventional burial flooring. alongside the best way, it examines the complicated courting among the U.S. executive and the small, peaceable tribe and the criminal results of land swaps and damaged treaties, whereas by no means wasting sight of the heartbreaking trip the Ponca persisted. it's a tale of survival---of a humans left for useless who arose from the ashes of injustice, disorder, overlook, hunger, humiliation, and termination. On one other point, it's a tale of lifestyles and demise, depression and fortitude, freedom and patriotism. a narrative of Christian kindness and bureaucratic evil. And it's a tale of hope---of a humans nonetheless between us this present day, painstakingly holding a cultural id that had sustained them for hundreds of years ahead of their come upon with Lewis and Clark within the fall of 1804.

Before it ends, status Bear's lengthy trip domestic additionally explores primary problems with citizenship, constitutional safeguard, cultural identification, and the character of democracy---issues that proceed to resonate loudly in twenty-first-century the United States. it's a tale that questions no matter if local sovereignty, tribal-based societies, and cultural survival fit with American democracy. status endure effectively used habeas corpus, the single liberty incorporated within the unique textual content of the structure, to realize entry to a federal courtroom and finally his freedom. This account aptly illuminates how the nation's soft approach of tests and balances labored virtually precisely because the Founding Fathers estimated, a process arguably out of whack and below siege this day.

Joe Starita's well-researched and insightful account reads like historic fiction as his cautious characterizations and shiny descriptions carry this piece of yankee historical past brilliantly to life.

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