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The War in Words: Reading the U.S.-Dakota Conflict through the Captivity Literature
Kathryn Stodola, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

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The War in Words: Reading the Dakota Conflict through the Captivity Literature (Book)
Title: The War in Words: Reading the Dakota Conflict through the Captivity Literature
Author: Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola
Abstract: The War in Words is the first book to study the captivity and confinement narratives generated by a single American war while also tracing the development and variety of the captivity narrative genre. The book examines the complex 1862 US-Dakota War (also called the Dakota Conflict) by focussing on 24 of the dozens of narratives that European Americana and Native Americans wrote about it. This six-week war was the deadliest confrontation between whites and Dakotas in Minnesota's history. Conducted at the same time as the Civil War, it is sometimes called Minnesota's Civil War because it was--and continues to be--so divisive. The Dakota War aroused impassioned prose from participants and commentators as they disputed causes, events, identity, ethnicity, memory, and the all-important matter of the war's legacy. Though the study targets one region, its ramifications reach far beyond Minnesota in its attention to war and memory. An ethnography of representative Dakota War narratives and an analysis of the war's historiography, The War in Words includes new archival information, historical data, and textual criticism.
Year: 2009
Primary URL:,674034.aspx
Primary URL Description: Publisher's website for book
Access Model: Open access
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780803213708