Standing Bear Is a Person

The True Story of a Native American's Quest for Justice

by Stephen Dando-Collins

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  • 9780306813702
  • 9780786738120
In a federal courtroom in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1879, Standing Bear, clan chief of the small and peaceful Ponca tribe, was in court demanding the same basic right that white Americans enjoyed-the right to be recognized legally as a human being. The compelling, behind-the-scenes story of that landmark court case, and the subsequent reverberations of the judge's ruling across nineteenth-century America is told in Stephen Dando-Collin's "brisk and evocative account" (Kirkus). It is a story of memorable Old West characters who joined to fight for Standing Bear and paved his way to the courthouse-the former Indian-fighting Army general who changed sides to stand with Standing Bear, the crusading Midwestern newspaper editor who had once been a gun-toting frontier preacher, and the "most beautiful Indian maiden of her time," Bright Eyes. Full of colorful characters, battles of legal wits, and the twists and turns of a cause in search of an audience, Standing Bear Is a Person is a captivating read.

  • Hachette Books; April 2009
  • ISBN: 9780786738120
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  • Title: Standing Bear Is a Person
  • Author: Stephen Dando-Collins
  • Imprint: Da Capo Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780306813702
  • 9780786738120
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780306813702
  • 9780786738120