Red Cloud Letter
A Nebraska man obtained a curious letter from his grandfather, who spent time on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation during the early part of the 20th Century.
The letter is from the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum, to a Lakota leader named James Red Cloud. It makes several ambiguous references to treaties between the U.S. government and the Lakota, and, moreover, to Borglum’s desire to help the tribe.
How was a leader of the Lakota people connected with creator of a monument that was regarded by many as a desecration of sacred land?
History Detectives journeys to South Dakota’s Black Hills for the answer.
- Also in Emerging Modern America: 1890-1930 Yakima Canutt's Saddle What leading role did this saddle play in the birth of the Hollywood cowboy?
- Related Investigation Tiffany Window What can this watercolor reveal about the unexpected world of one of America’s great artists?
- Related Investigation Cemetery Alarm Was this explosive device used to stop a morbid black market trade?
- Also in Emerging Modern America: 1890-1930 WWI Chemical Warfare Map Could this map be an authentic relic from a critical WWI battle?
- Also with Gwen Wright Pop Lloyd Baseball Field Why was this baseball field named after an African-American ballplayer in a time of racial tension?
- Also with Gwen Wright Scottsboro Boys Stamp Did a penny stamp help save the Scottsboro Boys from the electric chair?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.