After the Trail of Tears
The Cherokees' Struggle for Sovereignty, 1839-1880 1st New edition
By (author) William G. McLoughlin
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After the Trail of Tears by William G. McLoughlin
Book DescriptionThis powerful narrative traces the social, cultural, and political history of the Cherokee Nation during the forty-year period after its members were forcibly removed from the southern Appalachians and resettled in what is now Oklahoma. In this master work, completed just before his death, William McLoughlin not only explains how the Cherokees rebuilt their lives and society, but also recounts their fight to govern themselves as a separate nation within the borders of the United States. Long regarded by whites as one of the 'civilized' tribes, the Cherokees had their own constitution (modeled after that of the United States), elected officials, and legal system. Once re-settled, they attempted to reestablish these institutions and continued their long struggle for self-government under their own laws--an idea that met with bitter opposition from frontier politicians, settlers, ranchers, and business leaders. After an extremely divisive fight within their own nation during the Civil War, Cherokees faced internal political conflicts as well as the destructive impact of an influx of new settlers and the expansion of the railroad. McLoughlin brings the story up to 1880, when the nation's fight for the right to govern itself ended in defeat at the hands of Congress.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780807844335
(235mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1994
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William G. McLoughlin
Cherokee Renascence in the New Republic, Paperback (September 1992)
The Cherokees, the most important tribe in the formative years of the American Republic, became the test case for the Founding Fathers' determination to Christianize and 'civilize' all Indians and to incorporate them into the republic as full citizens. This title tells the dramatic success story of the renascence of the tribe.
Rhode Island, Paperback (August 1986)View all books by William G. McLoughlin
With a Historical Guide prepared by the editors of the American Association for State and Local History.
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Author Biography - William G. McLoughlin
The late William G. McLoughlin was professor emeritus of history and religion at Brown University. He was author of numerous books, including Cherokee Renascence, 1794-1833.
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