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Chapter Ten: The Ordeal Of Captain Jack

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1: Summary Chapter 10 of “Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee” was about a tribe from Northern California. This tribe was called the Modocs, and leader of the Modocs was Captain Jack. A man in the tribe named Hooker Jim took people from the Modoc tribe and led them to kill white settlers at a ranch house that was close to where the Modocs reside. Captain Jack wanted the army that Hooker Jim got together to surrender their weapons but Hooker Jim refused and they decided to fight because Hooker Jim’s army did not want to step down. A peace commission comes to arrest Hooker Jim for leading an army to kill settlers and then refuses to step down. A man named General Canby accidentally let Hooker Jim and what is left of his army escape because he didn’t know what they had done. Captain Jack told General Canby that if he doesn't let them have their land back he will kill him. When General Canby told Jack that he will not let him have his land Jack does exactly what he said he would, he kills General Canby. Hooker Jim finds out about this and decided to turn Captain Jack in. Jack is put on trial for murder. On October 3, 1883 Captain Jack is hanged for the killing for General Canby.

2: Essential Characters The Modocs: The Modocs are a tribe from Northern California that are forced to move to a reservation in Oregon with another tribe called the Kintpuash tribe. After not getting along, the Modocs then moved back to Northern California. Hooker Jim: Hooker Jim was a man who let an army to kill white settlers. Hooker Jim then betrayed Captain Jack. Captain Jack: The leader of the Modocs.

3: Significant Quote "The white man's law rules the country, the Indian Law is dead."

4: Heart of Conflict Captain Jack had to make many decisions for the well being of his tribe. He wanted to make peace and stop all of the fighting but the white men would not hear of it.

6: Historical Significance Captain Jack made historical significance by trying to lead his people to safety. He wanted to stop the fighting and live in peace with one another and only used force when absolutely necessary. His letter to the commissioner was a turning point for Native Americans because it showed an outreach for help to put an end to the war between white settlers and Native Americans.

7: Literature Review This chapter was an interesting one because it was filled with emotion. Jack loved his tribe so much and was willing to drop the fighting and make peace with the white settlers while other Native American leaders looked to fight. He had the tribe in his best interest. Ultimately Jack was hanged in the process.

8: Historical Significance Review Captain Jack was a main figure in the fights over his Modoc lands. Him along with Hooker Jack, Scarfaced Charley and other Modocs fought to gain their land back. Eventually at the end of 1873 they are put on trial and are hanged for murder.

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