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The Black Hawk War of 1832
by Patrick J. Jung
In 1832, facing white expansion, the Sauk warrior Black Hawk attempted to forge a pan-Indian alliance that would preserve the homelands of the confederated Sauk and Fox tribes on the eastern bank of the Mississippi. However, the ensuing war with the United States decimated Black Hawk’s band. The conflict has captured the imagination of historians for more than a century, and Patrick J. Jung here re-examines its causes, course, and consequences. Correcting mistakes that plagued previous histories, Jung focuses on the complex nature of Indian resistance and the role of intertribal conflict in the war.

In contrast to studies that assign blame for the war to one faction or another, Jung shows that the outcome can be understood only by discussing the complexity of intertribal rivalry, military ineptitude, and racial dynamics. He draws on recent ethnohistorical interpretations to gain new insight into the war, examining the ideology of racial consciousness and Indian resistance to white expansion in the trans-Appalachian West from the 1740s onward.

The Black Hawk War of 1832 is a lively and sensitive account of a watershed episode in the region’s history. It traces the course of Indian resistance and sets a new benchmark for understanding the last Indian war to be fought in present-day Wisconsin and Illinois.
The Black Hawk War of 1832
The Black Hawk War of 1832
Patrick J. Jung
University of Oklahoma Press, 2007.
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