[Reliable Account of the Death of Sitting Bull and of the Circumstances Attending it.]. James McLaughlin.

[Reliable Account of the Death of Sitting Bull and of the Circumstances Attending it.].

Philadelphia: Indian Rights Association, 1891. 8vo, self wrappers. 8 pp.

A somewhat misinformed attempt to dispel the “ridiculously absurd” media reports of the death of Sitting Bull written by the Indian Agent who ordered his arrest.

McLaughlin’s statement was solicited by the Indian Rights Association, a group composed largely of former abolitionists. Although their rhetoric of “civilizing” native peoples grates modern sensibilities, they more than likely spared many tribes the worst the Federal Government had to offer.

McLaughlin’s account is mainly focused on redeeming the six Indian Police officers killed attempting to arrest Sitting Bull. Though it isn’t what he intended to reveal, his narrative also suggests that a key mistake on his part initiated the chain of events that led to the great Chief’s death. Throughout his account McLaughlin fails to identify the Piaute Holy Man Wovoka as the founder of the Ghost Dance, consistently implying Sitting Bull himself founded the sect.

CONDITION: Very good, traces of rubbing.

Item #2808

Price: $475.00

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