Black Hawk

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General Information

Celebrated on the Illinois State Library Gwendolyn Brooks Building

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Name: Black Hawk

Born: 1767 in the village of Saukenuk (Present-day Rock Island, Illinois)

Died: October 3, 1838 in Davis County, Iowa


Illinois Connection

Black Hawk was born in the village of Saukenuk on the Rock River, in present-day Rock Island.

Biographical and Professional Information

As a chief of the Sauk tribe, Black Hawk led the Sauk and Fox Indians in the Black Hawk War of 1832. The war was a revolt against government orders for Indians to vacate disputed tribal lands along the Rock River in northwestern Illinois. In 1833, he dictated his autobiography, which is considered a classic statement of his people's grievances.

He earned a place in the History of Illinois literature with his eloquent autobiography, Life of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak (1833), republished as Black Hawk: An Autobiography (1955).


Published Works

  • Life of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, 1833 republished as: Black Hawk: An Autobiography, 1955

Titles at Your Library

Life of Black Hawk, or Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak: Dictated by Himself (Penguin Classics)

ISBN: 0143105396
Release Date: 2008-05-27

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Literary Awards

Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

External Links

Black Hawk on WorldCat

Website: www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/black_hawk.htm


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