The Five Civilized Tribes

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University of Oklahoma Press, Apr 17, 2013 - Social Science - 478 pages

Side by side with the westward drift of white Americans in the 1830's was the forced migration of the Five Civilized Tribes from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Both groups were deployed against the tribes of the prairies, both breaking the soil of the undeveloped hinterland. Both were striving in the years before the Civil War to found schools, churches, and towns, as well as to preserve orderly development through government and laws.

In this book Grant Foreman brings to light the singular effect the westward movement of Indians had in the cultivation and settlement of the Trans-Mississippi region. It shows the Indian genius at its best and conveys the importance of the Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and Seminoles to the nascent culture of the plains. Their achievements between 1830 and 1860 were of vast importance in the making of America.


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BOOK ONE Choctaw
Problems of a New Home
Schools and Missionaries
Signs of Improvement
Institutions Take Form
WO Chickasaw VI Chickasaw Description
Difficulties With Wild Indians
Union With Chogtaw Dissolyed IX Relations With the Military
Laws and Customs
BOOK FOUR Seminole
t lontemporary Descriptions XVII Oppose Union With Creeks
Emigration Resumed
Intrigues of Wild
lustioe to the Indians
BOOK FI V E Cherokee XXI Readjustment
The Act of Union XXIII hnHo r P ne D ri

B KTHREE reek X Victims of Contractors
Efforts to Unite the Tribe
Hostility to the Missionaries XIII Progress Notes
Accounts by Obsemers
XXY The Treaty of 1846

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Grant Foreman (1869-1953), known as the dean of American Indian historians, was the author of Indian Removal, The Five Civilized Tribes, and Sequoyah and editor of Ethan Allen Hitchcock?s Traveler in Indian Territory, all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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