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The Battle of Wounded Knee

1890-1891

The Battle of Wounded Knee

Medals of Dishonor

Wounded Knee is the story of one of the great government whitewashes in our history. This battle represented a massacre of Native Americans who by all accounts were acting peacefully while under U.S. military control. Medals of Honor were awarded to American troops in a shameful government cover-up of their crimes. The story of Wounded Knee shows that while history does not repeat itself, it often rhymes. 'Fast and Furious' and Benghazi are but merely the most recent examples in a long line of disastrous policy failures resulting in shameful cover-ups. The lesson is that governments, like men, are self-interested and most concerned with their own survival. Government rarely wants to admit its mistakes, and will even spin them into successes to protect itself.

“It Really Was, Truly, a Massacre” (Audio)

Bloomberg’s Lewis Lapham interviewed historian¬†Heather Cox Richardson about her book “Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre.” Richardson offers a pretty basic recap of the events leading up to the battle, the battle itself, and the aftermath. She has some great details and insight that are worth hearing if you’re interested in learning more about this event. (Listen here, about 19 minutes)

 

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