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Chief Joseph & Nez Pez Perce War "I will fight
Category: History: U.S.: Northwest
Author: Merrill D. Beal
Copyright/published Year: 2000 by Univ of Washington
Description: "I Will Fight No More Forever"
Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War
Unpublished letters and diaries by eyewitnesses, interviews with
decedents, an intimate knowledge of the country enrich this
narrative of the heroic Nez Perce Indian War waged in 1877
The result is a well documented chronicle offering new
perspective on prewar Indian-white relations, United States
government pressures and nontreaty rebellions, the five battles,
subjection and surrender, and on the character of the leaders on
"From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever,"
Chief Joseph said in surrender. But as a guardian and protector
of his people he at last succeeded in bringing back the remaining
members of his tribe to their beloved valley.
Calling Professor Beal's book, "definitive, but not final,"
Herman J. Deutsch, professor emeritus of American history at
Washington State University, writes in the foreword: "Joseph and
his band remain an example and inspiration to those who today are
seeking recognition as human beings, equal in the sight of God
and therefore entitled to like status among men. Those who
recognize that such aspirations must not for long remain
unfulfilled can derive from Nez Perce history examples of the
consequences of policies conceived in ignorance and colored with
disdain of the culture and way of life of minority peoples. ...A
world surfeited with deceptive success stories can ill afford to
forget a people and their leader who attained their true moral
stature as they were facing their doom."
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