December 26, 1862. On the day after Christmas, in Mankato, Minnesota, thirty-eight Sioux Indians were hanged on the order of President Lincoln. It stands today as the greatest mass execution in the history of the United States. In Over the Earth I Come, Duane Schultz brilliantly retells one of America's most violent and bloody events--the Great Sioux Uprisings of 1862. In less than one week in August, the Sioux went on a rampage throughout Minnesota that left hundreds of settlers dead. Whole families were burned alive in their farmhouses. Children were nailed to barn doors, girls raped by a dozen braves and hacked to pieces, babies dismembered in front of their horrified mothers. Nearly forty thousand settlers became refugees, and for one brief moment in time, the Sioux people were restored to their ancestral land and reclaimed their pride and dignity. In this well-researched and insightful narrative, Duane Schultz uncovers the events and injustices that sparked this violent uprising. The Sioux of Minnesota, perceived as a peaceful tribe, harbored intense resentment over the lands appropriated by the whites, the disappearance of the buffalo, broken treaties, and the lies and deceptions of the government and its representatives. In the summer of 1862, delayed annuity payments from land treaties and the refusal of traders to release food to starving Indians sparked the first of a series of wars between Indians and whites. Over the Earth I Come recounts a part of American history that should never be forgotten.
Dennis C. Shultz is an environmental photographer living and working in Rockport, Maine. Scott Dickerson is the Executive Director of Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Coordinator of the Ducktrap Coalition, which he helped found in 1995.
"Duane Schultz's capably research and tautly written Over the Earth I Come reminds us that responsibility for the abomidable events that occurred during the Indian wars cut across ethnic boundaries. If it is less than an inspiring story, it is certainly necessary to any balanced understanding of our nation's expansion." --The New York Times Book Review
"An eventhanded distribution of the blame and a fine description of the events in this little-remembered bit of our history." --The Washington Times
"Skillfully interwoven from personal local histories and contemporary accounts--an intimate view of a desperation and bloodshed on the Great Plains that's a poignant as it is tragic." --Kirkus Reviews
"The result is history that reads like a novel." --The Denver Post