May 24, 2020

Today in History: Sarah Winnemucca

Today in History–October 14–the Library of Congress features Sarah Winnemucca, who died on this day in 1891. Winnemucca was first Native American woman to publish a book in English, Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims, which is an autobiographical account of her tribe’s experiences during their first forty years of contact with white explorers and settlers. Learn more about Winnemucca by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary sources.

Sarah Winnemucca from America’s Library

Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims

Sarah Winnemucca historical newspaper coverage

Legislation providing for the acceptance of a statue of Sarah Winnemucca, presented by the people of Nevada, for placement in National Statuary Hall

Primary Source Spotlight: Paiute

More Native American primary source collections & teaching resources

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