Custer's Last Battle in New Light

Lorenz, Alma
Unidentified newspaper clipping, [1927]. Box 27, Folder 399, Elmo Scott Watson Collection, Edward E. Ayer Collection, Newberry Library.

In 1927 William Hale Thompson, the mayor of Chicago, had been elected to a third term after vigorously attacking school history textbooks as too pro-British. He sought to commission the writing of a new textbook that would be more “American.” A delegation of Sioux visited Thompson in December 1927 to make the case that a new textbook should correct misleading accounts of American Indian history, including the battle at Little Big Horn.

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