Chief Joseph: War Chief of the Nez Perce Summary
Brent Kenneth Ashabranner and Russell Gerard Davis

Everything you need to understand or teach Chief Joseph by Brent Kenneth Ashabranner and Russell Gerard Davis.

  • Chief Joseph: War Chief of the Nez Perce Summary & Study Guide

Chief Joseph: War Chief of the Nez Perce Summary

Most nineteenth-century frontier literature created a negative stereotype of Native Americans, portraying them either as noble savages or as amoral villains. Both extreme characterizations, developed in such works as James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales (1823-1841), Francis Parkman's The Oregon Trail (1849), and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha (1855), perpetuated the myth that Native Americans were not only less than American; they were less than human.

But, like other works of the past few...

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