Custer’s Last Stand

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as Custer’s Last Stand.In 1876 a dispute between the American federal government and Native Americans over land rights led to an armed conflict now known as the Great Sioux War. An expeditionary federal force was sent out to coerce the Native Americans into reservations, and away from the gold reserves recently discovered in their traditional homelands.One of the officers in this expeditionary force was a Civil War hero, George Custer. While en route to his arranged rendezvous, Custer unexpectedly encountered a large group of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Disobeying orders, he decided to attack. Barely half an hour later, he and all 200 of his men lay dead. Custer’s Last Stand has become one of the most famous and closely studied military engagements in American history.

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  • Kathleen Burk 11 episodes
    Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at University College, London
  • Adam Smith No other episodes
    Senior Lecturer in American History at University College London
  • Saul David 4 episodes
    Professor of War Studies at the University of Buckingham

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