EPISODE 17 The War for the Black Hills (Part 2): The Long Defeat

“…And together through ages of the world we have fought the long defeat.” — J.R.R. Tolkien 

“I shall have glory by this losing day.” — William Shakespeare

“Oyate kin ninpi kta ca lecamu yelo” (“I do this so that the people may live.”) — Lakota song

“My mind was occupied mostly by such thoughts as are regularly uppermost in the minds of young men. I was eighteen years old, and I liked girls.” — Wooden Leg

To the Lakota people, the Black Hills of South Dakota were — and still are — "the heart of everything that is." To the United States, they were a goldmine, and Manifest Destiny’s next target. It was for the Black Hills that the Lakota went to war against the United States for the last time.  

In this episode: 

  • When he is not attacking camps full of women and children, Custer is a sensitive guy who cries at the theater 
  • How Grant, Sheridan, and Co. engineered their own version of the Gulf of Tonkin incident 
  • Frodo, the destiny of Middle Earth and Sitting Bull 
  • Custer decides to challenge Grant over corruption
  • Lost in presidential dreams, Custer probably never realized he was being set up 
  • An American army that wasn’t really American 
  • A soldier’s scalp in an abandoned village 
  • The Battle Where the Girl Saved Her Brother 
  • Cross-dressing Crow warriors
  • Custer: “Why are you doing all this?”
    Half Yellow Face: “Because you and I are going home today—by a trail that is strange to both of us.”   

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