Sheridan at the reins : changing perceptions of the cavalry, Sheridan and Native Americans during the Indian Wars, 1868-1877

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dc.contributor.advisor Seefeldt, Douglas, 1964-
dc.contributor.author Adams, Nathaniel C.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-15T13:06:28Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-15T13:06:28Z
dc.date.issued 2019-07-20
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/201841
dc.description.abstract This creative project uses digital history tools to examine primary sources related to the United States Cavalry, General Philip Sheridan, and Native Americans during the years 1863-1877. An interactive timeline places the life of Phil Sheridan and the Cavalry in the context of American History. Spatial and statistical analysis shows changes in the western landscape and the U.S. Army of the late nineteenth century. Textual analysis of the Army & Navy Journal 1863-1876 shows the changing opinions of the officers in the Army during the Civil War and the Indian Wars that followed. In comparison, during the years 1868-1877, the newspapers of Montana, South Carolina, Illinois, and New York had consistent portrayals of both the Indians and cavalry in the West. The Natives were depicted in the papers and viewed by the public as “murderous savages” of the West. The officers in the Army at this time had different opinions of the natives; the officers pursued ways to find peace and did not share the primarily negative views of the public. The U.S. Cavalry were vital to American expansion West following the Civil War. Army officers saw the role of the cavalry change during this time and with these changes brought new opinions of the Native Americans. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of History
dc.subject.lcsh Indians of North America -- Wars -- 1866-1895 -- Public opinion.
dc.subject.other Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888 -- Public opinion.
dc.subject.other United States. Army. Cavalry -- Public opinion.
dc.title Sheridan at the reins : changing perceptions of the cavalry, Sheridan and Native Americans during the Indian Wars, 1868-1877 en_US
dc.type Creative project (M.A.), 3 hours
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.) en_US


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