Because it is most often viewed as the last display of violent resistance to American expansion in the Old Northwest, the conflict dubbed the Black Hawk War has received attention from numerous individuals over the past 170 years. Even Black Hawk felt it necessary to explain the war’s causes and events in writing. Patrick J. Jung’s book is the most recent addition to the historiography that examines the Sauk Indian Black Hawk and the conflict of 1832 that has long borne his name. It also follows close on the heels of Kerry Trask’s Black Hawk: The Battle for the Heart of America (2006), which offers an interpretation of the conflict grounded within the contexts of Native culture and the development of an American national identity. It is only fitting then, that in the first pages of his introduction Jung asks, “So why a new book on the Black Hawk War?” (4). This question is refreshingly direct and increasingly germane. Although Jung does his best to justify the presence of another monograph, his analysis does not always follow through on his hopes and intentions.
- book review of The Black Hawk War of 1832
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