Peter Cozzens - "The Earth is Weeping" at the Harold Washington Library

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Author Peter Cozzens discusses The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West.

At the Harold Washington Library - Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, lower level

Event description: Acclaimed author Peter Cozzens joins us to discuss his new book titled The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West, a magisterial, essential history of the struggle between whites and Native Americans over the fate of the West.

With the end of the Civil War, the nation recommenced its expansion onto traditional Indian tribal lands, setting off a wide-ranging conflict that would last more than three decades. In an exploration of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States, Peter Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the encroachment experienced by the tribes and the tribal conflicts over whether to fight or make peace, and explores the squalid lives of soldiers posted to the frontier and the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies. As the action moves from Kansas and Nebraska to the Southwestern desert to the Dakotas and the Pacific Northwest, we encounter a pageant of fascinating characters including Custer, Sherman, Grant, and a host of other military and political figures, as well as great native leaders such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud. For the first time The Earth Is Weeping brings them all together in the fullest account to date of how the West was won–and lost.

Peter Cozzens is the author or editor of sixteen acclaimed books on the American Civil War and the Indian Wars of the American West, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Lincoln Prize. In 2002 he was awarded the American Foreign Service Association's highest honor, the William R. Rivkin Award, given annually to one Foreign Service Officer for exemplary moral courage, integrity, and creative dissent.

Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is first come, first served (385 max.). Books are available for purchase and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.

Event Location: 
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, lower level
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605