Crazy Horse and Custer

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In the introduction, what parallels does Ambrose see in the live of Crazy Horse and Custer?

Both of them were born at about the same time, they died within a year of each other. Both had happy childhoods, both had become recognized and honored leaders in their societies at an astonishingly young age (Custer at twenty-three, Crazy Horse at twenty-four), both were humiliated and punished at the height of their careers for violating the fundamental laws of their societies in an attempt to be with the women they loved, both recovered from the blows and re-established their claims to leadership roles, both had younger brothers who were even more daredevil risk takers than they were, and both were in a position when they died that, with a little luck, could have given them the supreme political direction of their people.

What was life on the plains like for the Sioux? What impression did the fur traders have of the Sioux? What observations did Francis Parkman make?

Why were the Sioux “… in a state of flux” when Crazy Horse was born. What did Sitting Bull think?

What were “two myths” about Indians, held by whites? What did the two parties agree upon? What was the “Key to the American character,” and how did this conflict with the Sioux character?

How was “Curley” raised, and what was his family like? How did games play a part in his training for manhood?...