Indian Removal: The Emigration of the Five Civilized Tribes of Indians

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1972 - Social Science - 423 pages
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It is unlikely that any single book or document will ever earn a more firmly-fixed position of respect and authority than this distinguished volume by Grant Foreman. Originally published in 1932, on the date of the hundredth anniversary of the arrival in Oklahoma of the first Indians as a result of the United States government's relocation of the Five Civilized Tribes, Indian Removal remains today the definitive book in its field.

The forcible uprooting and expulsion of the 60,000 Indians comprising the Five Civilized Tribes, including the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Cherokee, and Seminole, unfolded a story without parallel in the history of the United States. For more than a decade thousands of tragedies and experiences of absorbing interest marked the removal over the "Trail of Tears," but there were no chroniclers at hand to record them. Only occasionally did the tragedy and pathos of some phase of this history-making undertaking beguile a sympathetic officer to turn from routine and write a line or a paragraph of comment.

From fragments in thousands of manuscripts and in official and unofficial reports Grant Foreman gleaned the materials for this book to provide readers with an unbiased day-by-day recital of events.

 

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Contents

One The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek
19
Two Indians Explore the Western Country
31
Three Choctaw Emigration Begins
44
Four Suffering of the Emigrants
56
Five Emigration Resumed in 1832
71
Six Experiences on the March
81
Seven Condition of the Immigrants
93
Eight Efforts to Remove Creek Indians from Alabama
107
Eighteen Oppression of the Cherokee Indians
229
Nineteen Cherokee Indians Defend their Tribal Existence
238
Twenty A Tragic Migration
251
TwentyOne The Schermerhorn Treaty
264
TwentyTwo March of the Broken Spirited
279
TwentyThree A Captive Nation
286
TwentyFour The Trail of Tears
294
TwentyFive The Seminole Indians
315

Nine An Emigrating Party in 1834
119
Ten Frauds on the Creek Indians
129
Eleven The Creek War of 1836
140
Twelve Wholesale Removal of the Creeks by Force 15 2
166
Fourteen Creek SufferingRemoval Completed
177
Fifteen The Chickasaw Treaty of Pontotoc
193
Sixteen Migration of the Chickasaw Indians
206
Seventeen Chickasaw Settlements in the West
216
TwentySix The Second Seminole War 3 24
324
TwentySeven The Fate of Holahte Emathla
332
TwentyEight Hunting the Seminole Indians out of
342
TwentyNine The Capture of Osceola
352
Thirty Seminole Captives Deported
364
ThirtyOne The Surrender of Pascofa
371
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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 Territo ry, all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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