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A novel crafted from Custer's Last Stand


THE United States was days from its centennial when the Battle of the Little Bighorn was fought. In June 1876 the Seventh Cavalry, led by the flamboyant General George Armstrong Custer, was vastly outnumbered in what was then Montana Territory by warriors of the Lakota and Cheyenne people; the soldiers were slaughtered to a man. The bloodbath was nicknamed Custer’s Last Stand, but in truth it was the last stand for the people of the great plains of North America. Custer’s death made the American government more determined to drive the country’s indigenous population from their lands, and to destroy their ancient cultures.


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