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I need to complete a paper written using APA format book review on "Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee" I need the book to focus on a person, period or event of significance to America during the period of 1491-1865. That is why I chose this one.

The review may provide background information about the content of the book, I need my paper to focus primarily on an analysis of the book's subject matter vis-à-vis the period, the importance of the event or person(s), how the book amplifies the subject matter of the course materials, and an assessment on the author's purpose in writing the book.

I need to provide a conclusion that briefly summarizes my analysis. I am told that I should not merely summarize the book's plot but rather provide an in-depth analysis of the significance of the work in terms of the era that it is depicting. I have not written something this extensive and would truly like some help on it and how to approach it.

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The response I provided for you below looks at varied perspectives into the work of Dee Brown. I decided to discuss the American Situation at the time of his publication to explain why it seemed timely & was well-received as well as the manner by which his book was accepted by the American public. While I did go on to look at particular characters & situations from the book itself, I did not concentrate on discussing their particulars alone; I decided to relate it to the idea of American manifest destiny & bring the discussion to that of the American role in the Cold War, in the affairs in South East Asia through the Vietnam War & the present American situation especially that of the war on terror. The book is expansive, presenting a review of it requires one to pick a particular section to present a tone only as a comprehensive review will take more than 1,500 words. I hope the response below helps, use it as your guide. I have presented it in APA format so that you can refer to it when you write your final report. Use the references I presented as well. Attached is a word version, print it for your use.

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American History: A discussion of Brown's Book on the Indian Experience (1860-1890)

Book: Bury My heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
By: Dee Brown,
Year of first Publication: 1970
Publisher: Holt, Rhinehart & Winston: NY

Brown & the Book's Release

Dee Brown at the time of the publication of this tome was historian and head Librarian of the University of Illinois. The years leading up to 1970 was fraught with images of the Vietnam War, the proxy war with Communism that lead to the ultimate American involvement in national & political affairs in the South East Asian region. From the end of WW2 to the year of Brown's publication, the American Consciousness was tuned to the Cold War although by that very year, it seems, anti-war movement has gathered momentum as images of the violence in Vietnam assaulted the public on TV, newspapers and the general media. America was counting its war dead and the then administration were held to blame for the massive loss of young American Lives in a war in a foreign land that seem doomed. While Vietnam of today hardly retains traces of its communist-self in the said period (a lot like Iraq or Afghanistan of the present, albeit carrying a different reason for the necessity of armed conflict) & is a happy player in global economic & political affairs; back then Vietnam forced the American nation to look deeper into itself as coffin after coffin returned carrying the bodies of young American G.I.'s with much of the ...

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The solution is an extensive review on the book by American Historian Dee Brown - 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'. First off, it provides a background on the book and the author and sets the topic of the book against the events that took place during that period in American History. It goes on further to talk about the reception of the book during it's release and analyzes the reaction based on the social situation at the time (the Vietnam War). The body of the solution extensively goes through the content of the book, looking at what is presented by Dee Brown as provided in account of the witnesses and the players of the event, taking on direct qoutations from particular sections of the book for analysis. The solution then goes on to provide a summary and present an opinion on the work of Dee brown - its importance, if any, and what it did and still does to magnify the 'lost voices' of the Sioux. Written in APA format, word version is attached.

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