close
This essay has been submitted by a student. This is not an example of the work written by professional essay writers.

Overview of The Wounded Knee Massacre

downloadDownload printPrint

Pssst… we can write an original essay just for you.

Any subject. Any type of essay. We’ll even meet a 3-hour deadline.

Get your price

121 writers online

blank-ico
Download PDF

The Wounded Knee Massacre was the result of strong tensions between the Sioux Indians and the U.S Government, taking place on December 29th, 1890. 500 soldiers and 300 Sioux were involved; “150 Sioux… lay dead, and another 50 were wounded. Army losses amounted to 25 killed and 40 wounded” (Keenan).

It took place in South Dakota, and began with the heightened popularity of Ghost Dance, a religion that highlighted resistance of Natives against the government and ended with the death of two Native Chiefs Sitting Bull and Big Foot. The massacre had a lot of lead up but it was the last of the major clashes between Native Americans and the United States Government. The Ghost Dance was a movement that encouraged the idea that life could return to the way it was before the settlers came. “The religion promised that dead ancestors and game animals would come back to life.” It brought hope to those who were struggling with hunger, sickness, and oppression brought on by the settlers.

To fulfill their religion they would dance around a tree and wear ‘ghost shirts.’ The government worried about rebellion against their authority based on Ghost Dance ideals. While the Ghost Dance movement swept through Native American tribes, the government tried to keep it under control. General Nelson Miles took control of the military division of Missouri and ordered the arrest of Sitting Bull and Big Foot. Lt. Col. Sumner was in charge of arresting Big Foot. When he went to arrest Big Foot, he found that Big Foot was not where Sumner thought he’d be because he was dealing with affairs within his community. This was an embarrassment for Lt. Col. Sumner and increased tensions. General Miles was frazzled after the failure of imprisoning Bigfoot. He directed Colonel Forsyth of the seventh cavalry to capture Big Foot. The cavalry encircled Big Foot’s group the night of December 28th, 1890. The 300 Natives woke up to 500 soldiers. The soldiers were just supposed to escort them to another place but the situation was tense. Who fired the first shot is still unknown, but after it the whole scene erupted into chaos. At the end 175 were dead, only 14.29% were soldiers; the chief Big Foot also died. After this awful tragedy the popularity of Ghost Dance declined. General Miles removed Colonel Forsyth from his position temporarily.

This massacre is similar to Sand Creek because many died and the government greatly outnumbered the Native Americans. In my opinion, however, it is different because it was slightly less one sided. The definition between massacre and battle can be blurred; what defines whether it is a massacre or a tragedy or a battle. For this event it is unclear; acknowledging that significantly more Natives died then soldiers, it is also worth considering that there was violence from both sides and it was slightly less like shooting fish in a barrel than some of the other altercations between the Natives and the government. Regardless, this event was a tragedy in American history leaving 175 dead, many more injured, and a lack of peace between the government and Native Americans.

Remember: This is just a sample from a fellow student.

Your time is important. Let us write you an essay from scratch

experts 450+ experts on 30 subjects ready to help you just now

delivery Starting from 3 hours delivery

Find Free Essays

We provide you with original essay samples, perfect formatting and styling

Cite this Essay

To export a reference to this article please select a referencing style below:

Overview of the Wounded Knee Massacre. (2020, May 19). GradesFixer. Retrieved October 16, 2021, from https://gradesfixer.com/free-essay-examples/overview-of-the-wounded-knee-massacre/
“Overview of the Wounded Knee Massacre.” GradesFixer, 19 May 2020, gradesfixer.com/free-essay-examples/overview-of-the-wounded-knee-massacre/
Overview of the Wounded Knee Massacre. [online]. Available at: <https://gradesfixer.com/free-essay-examples/overview-of-the-wounded-knee-massacre/> [Accessed 16 Oct. 2021].
Overview of the Wounded Knee Massacre [Internet]. GradesFixer. 2020 May 19 [cited 2021 Oct 16]. Available from: https://gradesfixer.com/free-essay-examples/overview-of-the-wounded-knee-massacre/
copy to clipboard
close

Sorry, copying is not allowed on our website. If you’d like this or any other sample, we’ll happily email it to you.

    By clicking “Send”, you agree to our Terms of service and Privacy statement. We will occasionally send you account related emails.

    close

    Attention! This essay is not unique. You can get a 100% Plagiarism-FREE one in 30 sec

    Receive a 100% plagiarism-free essay on your email just for $4.99
    get unique paper
    *Public papers are open and may contain not unique content
    download public sample
    close

    Sorry, we could not paraphrase this essay. Our professional writers can rewrite it and get you a unique paper.

    close

    Thanks!

    Your essay sample has been sent.

    Want us to write one just for you? We can custom edit this essay into an original, 100% plagiarism free essay.

    thanks-icon Order now
    boy

    Hi there!

    Are you interested in getting a customized paper?

    Check it out!
    Having trouble finding the perfect essay? We’ve got you covered. Hire a writer
    exit-popup-close

    Haven't found the right essay?

    Get an expert to write you the one you need!

    exit-popup-print

    Professional writers and researchers

    exit-popup-quotes

    Sources and citation are provided

    exit-popup-clock

    3 hour delivery

    exit-popup-persone