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Custer's Last Stand

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Thursday 19 May 2011

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as Custer's Last Stand.In 1876 a dispute between the American federal government and Native Americans over land rights led to an armed conflict now known as the Great Sioux War. An expeditionary federal force was sent out to coerce the Native Americans into reservations, and away from the gold reserves recently discovered in their traditional homelands.One of the officers in this expeditionary force was a Civil War hero, George Custer. While en route to his arranged rendezvous, Custer unexpectedly encountered a large group of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Disobeying orders, he decided to attack. Barely half an hour later, he and all 200 of his men lay dead. Custer's Last Stand has become one of the most famous and closely studied military engagements in American history.With:Kathleen BurkProfessor of Modern and Contemporary History at University College, LondonAdam SmithSenior Lecturer in American History at University College LondonSaul DavidProfessor of War Studies at the University of Buckingham.Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • FURTHER READING

    Nathaniel Philbrick, ‘The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Big Horn (Bodley Head, 2010)

    Heather Cox Richardson, ‘West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War’ (Yale, 2007)

    Gregory Nobles, ‘American Frontiers’ (Penguin, 1998)

    Evan S. Connell, ‘Son of the Morning Star: Custer and The Little Bighorn’ (North Point Press, 1984)

    Mark Felton, ‘Today is a Good Day: The Indian Wars and the Conquest of the West’ (The History Press, 2009)

    Paul L. Hedren, ed., ‘The Great Sioux War 1876-77’ (Montana Historical Society Press, 1991)

    Philip Weeks, ‘Farewell, My Nation: The American Indian and the United States, 1820-1890’ (Harlan Davidson, Inc., 1990)

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