Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Black Hawk  

Pen Name: 


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

Died: October 3, 1838 in Davis County, Iowa

-- Black Hawk on WorldCat --

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).


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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Black Hawk :
ISBN: 1599869616. OCLC Number: 233702523

Filiquarian Pub., LLC,. .

Life of Black Hawk
ISBN: 0486281051. OCLC Number: 29548970

Dover Publications,. .

Life of Black Hawk, or Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak /
ISBN: 0143105396. OCLC Number: 213358035

Penguin Books,. .

Presents the transcribed autobiography of Black Hawk, a Sauk leader who struggled against white encroachment on his people's lands in western Illinois in the 1800s before his defeat at the Battle of Bad Axe in 1832, and includes a map of the Black Hawk War of the same year.