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The Last Frontier [Reading] ➽ The Last Frontier By Howard Fast – Originally published in 1941 The Last Frontier is the story of the Cheyenne Indians in the 1870s and their bitter struggle to flee from the Indian Territory in Oklahoma back to their home in Wyoming a originally published in The Last Frontier is the story of the Cheyenne Indians in the s and their bitter struggle to flee from the Indian Territory in Oklahoma back to The Last PDF/EPUB or their home in Wyoming and Montana Some Indians led by Little Wolf fought against General Crook and troops with only finally making it through to freedom Fast extensively researched this book in the late s visiting and speaking with Cheyenne experts in Norman Oklahoma This was the first of Fast's many books to gain a wide popular audience; it was eventually made by John Ford into the classic film Cheyenne Autumn .

10 thoughts on “The Last Frontier

  1. Adi Adi says:

    A terrifying tale of how a small tribe of Cheyenne Indians are trying to make their way home and live as free people there while what seems to be the entire American nation opposes this desire I have always loved reading tales for the Native Americans and every time I am amazed by their justice simple desires nobility and honesty Novels like Osceola the Seminole Winnetou and Sons of the Great Bear have shown me that these people are worth of respect And this book was no exception The Cheyenne Indians had a desire so powerful that it completely obsessed them They embarked on a long journey than 1500 km with hardly any provisions or clothes in bad health and persecuted by countless American soldiers I was stunned how determined they were travelling north towards Wyoming and Montana despite the cold hunger and fatigue and in the same time were infinitely just and genuine avoiding killing and stealing along the way They just wanted to go back home Which is why it's hard to read their story without thinking and feeling how tortured and humiliated these people were and in the same time they only wanted freedom

  2. Chuck Redman Chuck Redman says:

    He thought of his long line of troopers as a blue steel studded whipBOOK? The Last Frontier by Howard FastWHAT KIND? NovelBE MORE SPECIFIC Historical fiction Western fiction realism social issuesABOUT WHAT? The fateful heroic 1878 trek of Dull Knife’s starving band of Northern Cheyenne from the Indian Territory Oklahoma northward toward their ancestral homeland while an entire country and its army demonized and pursued themSIGNIFICANCE? Published in 1941 when the world was paying too little attention to racial extermination in Europe the book was a reminder of past genocides even in this land of “freedom” The 1964 movie “Cheyenne Autumn” was inspired in part by Fast’s book but also by Mari Sandoz’s novel which gave its general plot and its title to the movie The movie was one of the first big films to portray Plains Indians in a sympathetic lightSO SHOULD I READ IT OR WHAT? Yes if you have any interest in the Old West the pioneer days and the tragic situation of the Indian tribes in the late 1800’sYOU GOT ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD? Howard Fast wrote some pretty impressive books including among his several dozen novels The Immigrants Spartacus and The Dinner Party He was skilled at weaving history with fiction and his writing style is elouent than many who write historical fiction

  3. Karel Karel says:

    On a surface level Howard Fast did a graet job in making a thrilling wild west adventure novel You can read it as such and enjoy it On a deeper level knowing that the book is based on a true story it's a tribute to those who resisted colonialism anywhere in the world and a necessary reminder of one of the many dark chapters in American history The book exposes how the horrible treatment of Native Americans was caused by the inherently capitalist drive to control resources in casu fertile land and buffalos Howard Fast shows how this system was oiled by racism Throughout the book colonialists repeatedly make the mistake to see natives as irrational children or evil spirited savages On the one hand these stereotypes get them to underestimate the natives' military tactics while on the other hand it helps colonialists to justify the cruel treatment of these peoples Racism reveals itself as a welcome and even necessary instrument to dehumanise the victimsThe author makes the reader understand these dynamics in a subtle way Most importantly by not making use himself of exotic stereotyping of Native Americans to spice up the story as most other authors in this genre do He portrays them as surprise human beings with human desires and needs The Cheyenne tribe in the book is strengthened by their profound comprehension of nature and their collectivist way of living This book is a blast

  4. James Christensen James Christensen says:

    Histnov based on true story of the massacre of Cheyenne natives escaping Indian Reserve in Oklahoma to return home to Wyoming sad but true

  5. Ollie_le_clodo Ollie_le_clodo says:

    French version

  6. Kristaps Kristaps says:

    A book that I read when I was like 12 13 it made a huge impression on me back then

  7. Christopher Christopher says:

    Howard Fast who also wrote the novel Spartacus based this 1941 account of the 1878 79 Cheyenne attempt to escape the Indian Territory now Oklahoma for their ancestral home in the Black Hills on the scant historical record and his own hands on research Told from the point of view of the weary soldiers and government officials whose duty it was to track down the Cheyenne and bring them back to the reservation or kill them in the process the book makes for simultaneously fascinating and horrifying reading The cruelty visited upon the original inhabitants of this land we all now call home is but one of the many examples of sins that underpin American democracy and freedom Fast has done a mostly decent job recounting the events with a melancholy anger for the evil never avengedThe problem with Fast's book and why I did not rate it higher is that that author's prose is often not up to the challenge of the narrative His intentions are good and I admire his ambitions but the writing is uneven and all too often excessively maudlin There is another account of these events written by Nebraska native Mari Sandoz entitled Cheyenne Autumn which together with Fast's book was the source for John Ford's 1964 film of the same name which I look forward to reading soon Perhaps Ms Sandoz writing from the perspective of the Cheyenne was able to avoid the cheap sentimentality that undoes some of Fast's story We shall see To be continued

  8. Soupy Soupy says:

    A true tale a sad and yet victorious retelling of one of the final incidents of the near extermination of the Native Americans It is an uneasy feeling that we were so determined to wipe out a whole civilization And yet it appears that consciously or unconsciously the sacrifice of one half of the group along with the wisdom tenacity and spirituality of the tribal chief helped the remaining tribe escape death by reservation

  9. Ken Ken says:

    Gripping account of the plight of the Cheyenne as they tried to escape the army to return their native homeland

  10. Gary Lewis Gary Lewis says:

    Nothing that is wrong in principle is right in practice

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