The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Southeast

The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Southeast

by Theda Perdue, Michael Green

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Though they speak several different languages and organize themselves into many distinct tribes, the Native American peoples of the Southeast share a complex ancient culture and a tumultuous history. This volume examines and synthesizes their history through each of its integral phases: the complex and elaborate societies that emerged and flourished in the Pre-Columbian period; the triple curse of disease, economic dependency, and political instability brought by the European invasion; the role of Native Americans in the inter-colonial struggles for control of the region; the removal of the "Five Civilized Tribes" to Oklahoma; the challenges and adaptations of the post-removal period; and the creativity and persistence of those who remained in the Southeast.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231506021
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 06/22/2005
Series: The Columbia Guides to American Indian History and Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,066,250
Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Theda Perdue is professor of history at the University of North Carolina and author of Cherokee Women. Michael D. Green is professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina and author of The Creeks.

Table of Contents

History and Culture
1. Writing About Native Southerners
2. Native Southerners
3. The European Invasion
4. Native Peoples and Colonial Empires
5. "Civilization" and Removal
6. Native Southerners in the West
7. Those Who Remained
People, Places, and Events, A to Z

What People are Saying About This

Clara Sue Kidwell

The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Southeast is a superb reference work. The historical overview is concise and lucid, the individual entries well chosen, and the bibliography comprehensive. The authors include the Oklahoma experience of the Five Tribes removed from the Southeast. The book will be useful for scholars, teachers, and students exploring the complex relationships of Native people and colonial powers and the development of federal Indian policy.

Clara Sue Kidwell, Director, Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma

Daniel H. Usner

Part I of this volume blends encyclopedic knowledge with thoughtful interpretation. Readers are conveniently provided a comprehensive overview of southeastern Indians, but are also gracefully invited to consider current debates within the scholarship. Entries in Part II are fresh and succinct, ranging in coverage from general concepts and groups to specific events and people. The list of resources is a valuable tool for researchers at all levels. Perdue and Green identify many oral traditions, published records, archaeological studies, general and tribal histories, fictional writings, films, museums, and internet sites for readers to find additional information about the American South's great diversity of American Indian societies.

Daniel H. Usner, Jr., Director, American Indian Program, Cornell University

David Wilkins

Perdue and Green have produced a remarkably comprehensive, engrossing, and interdisciplinary book about a subject matter, Southeastern Indians, that has historically been underresearched. It is an ambitious work, spanning great swaths of history, leaving virtually no southeastern indigenous nation or important event or personality uncovered. An elegantly written and invaluable educational resource, it will prove indispensable for anyone interested in the historical and contemporary situation of Native nations in the Southeast.

David Wilkins, University of Minnesota

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