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By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

If you happen to have been trying to find a thinker more likely to entice american citizens, Friedrich Nietzsche will be faraway from your first selection. in the end, in his blazing profession, Nietzsche took target at approximately the entire foundations of recent American existence: Christian morality, the Enlightenment religion in cause, and the belief of human equality. regardless of that, for greater than a century Nietzsche has been a highly popular—and unusually influential—figure in American suggestion and tradition.

In American Nietzsche, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen delves deeply into Nietzsche's philosophy, and America’s reception of it, to inform the tale of his curious charm. starting her account with Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom the seventeen-year-old Nietzsche learn fervently, she indicates how Nietzsche’s principles first burst on American seashores on the flip of the 20 th century, and the way they persisted alternately to invigorate and to surprise americans for the century to come back. She additionally delineates the wider highbrow and cultural contexts in which a wide range of commentators—academic and armchair philosophers, theologians and atheists, romantic poets and hard-nosed empiricists, and political ideologues and apostates from the Left and the Right—drew perception and suggestion from Nietzsche’s claims for the loss of life of God, his problem to common fact, and his insistence at the interpretive nature of all human proposal and ideology. while, she explores how his snapshot as an iconoclastic immoralist used to be placed to paintings in American pop culture, making Nietzsche an not likely posthumous famous person able to inspiring either kids and students alike.

A penetrating exam of a robust yet little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American suggestion and tradition, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our realizing of yank highbrow life—and places Nietzsche squarely at its center.

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Little Rock was killed in the Washita massacre. Custer admits the maiden preferred his company to that of her own people during the four months he had her with him. This preference on her part, he said, made it unnecessary to place a guard over her movements, even when they were in the field and in close proximity to her tribe. Magpie and Little Beaver remembered Monahseetah well. She was a little older than they, in her later 'teens, a t the time she fell into Custer's hands. Magpie said the Cheyennes had little use for her after her return to the tribe when Custer went north for good because she had displayed a preference for her captor so long as he would keep her with him.

That their recollections might be more vivid and their disclosures accurate, they were taken by the writer, on more than one occasion, to the historic battlefield. There their revelations were made. - 20 - INTRODUCTION From Chief Magpie were obtained countless disclosures of heretofore unchronicled incidents connected with major events-the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 from which Black Kettle miraculously escaped; the Washita Battle in which Black Kettle was killed and Magpie was wounded; how the Cheyennes applied the Sacred Arrow ceremony to Custer on the Sweetwater; happenings a t the Battle of the Little Big Horn, whither Magpie had accompanied a band of Cheyennes which had followed Custer for seven years to avenge the Sacred Arrows and their martyred contemporaries.

Custer. Left Hand, wrinkled Arapahoe warrior, followed Magpie a few months later. Little Beaver, another grizzled Cheyenne survivor INTRODUCTION of the Washita, joined them soon thereafter. Frank Rush, pioneer plainsman, whose efforts in behalf of the so-called "wild" Plains tribesmen, unsealed lips that had been tightly closed for more than three score years, also has gone to his last rest. He lies near the spot where General Sheridan established headquarters a t the eastern edge of the Wichitas while Custer pursued the last of the Kiowas, Cheyennes and Arapahoes into the desert wastes to the west.

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