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Master storyteller Larry McMurtry, most famous for the Lonesome Dove books, wrote this very slim biography of Crazy Horse, the Sioux warrior who battled against the U.S. Army to keep his people free but ultimately decided they had to surrender. McMurtry begins by describing the monument that is still being built to Crazy Horse in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Other scholars have written biographies of Crazy Horse hundreds of pages long. McMurtry scoffs at this idea, pointing out right away that Crazy Horse spent only a few months of his life among people who wrote. There simply is not a lot of accurate information about the man. Historians don't even really know for sure which battles he took part in.

McMurtry describes the traditional life of the Sioux and how he claimed white people impinged on their land and way of life. He writes about Crazy Horse's short time living near a reservation and his death, at the hands of other Native Americans.
This report prepared by Ann Gaines








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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   minorities fighting for rights Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   American Indian Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes ethnic of society (outside)    -   American (general) Period of greatest activity?    -   1800's

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Ethnicity    -   American Indian

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Prairie?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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