Friday, December 11, 2009

PBS - American Experience:Last Stand at Little Big Horn

This episode of The American Experience investigates an event that has become American folklore - the Battle of the Little Bighorn. (I believe the currently preferred spelling is one word.) By carefully considering the evidence available from both white and Native American accounts, this documentary reaches conclusions that are more complex than those commonly held. Custer emerges neither as a fool nor a hero, but a competent commander who simply got more than he could handle. The loss of Custer's command was a national embarrassment and led to obfuscation that over time became accepted as fact. Anyone with an interest in the history of the American West, especially relations with Native peoples, will find this of value.

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