Touched by Fire: The Life, Death, and Mythic Afterlife of George Armstrong Custer

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U of Nebraska Press, 01.10.2006 - 540 Seiten
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For more than a century, Americans have been captivated by the legend of General George Armstrong Custer. But the various truths of Custer?s life and last stand prove elusive. Why are we so taken with the myth and the so-called mystery behind the man?

In a field teeming with highly partisan and wildly speculative treatments of Custer, Louise Barnett enters with a volume widely acclaimed by both military and cultural historians as the most balanced account of his life and legend. Custer's life spans two great eras of American history, and Barnett's commanding work pushes beyond the existing literature to a comprehensive view of this controversial figure.

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TOUCHED BY FIRE: The Life, Death, and Mythic Afterlife of George Armstrong Custer

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In this far-reaching, perceptive study of the tragic hero of the Little Bighorn, Barnett (English/Rutgers Univ.) traces the events of the postCivil War decade leading up to the ``Last Stand'' and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Introduction
1
Recovery
20
Postwar Doldrums
59
Joining the Frontier Army
76
Frontier Army Wives
85
The Plains Indians
100
Indian Fighting
117
Nadir
126
1876
247
Prelude
253
The Little Bighorn
274
Survivors
309
Mystery
331
Endless Devotion
351
Literary Careers
363
Monuments
373

Victory on the Washita
147
Save the Last Bullet for Your Wife
167
Libbie and Autie or A Companionable Wife
186
The Great Buffalo Hunt
205
Heroes of the Plains
220
Farther West
236
Aging
389
Epilogue Custer Forever
398
Acknowledgments
413
Bibliography
496
Index
525
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Über den Autor (2006)

Louise Barnett is a professor of English and American studies at Rutgers University and the author of a number of books, including The Ignoble Savage: American Literary Racism, 1790?1890, and Ungentlemanly Acts: The Army?s Notorious Incest Trial.

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