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The Cherokees and their chiefs : in the wake of empire
Hoig, Stan.
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Fayetteville, Ark. : University of Arkansas Press, [1998]

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xiii, 350 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm

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E99.C5 H7 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this newly researched and synthesized history of the Cherokees, Hoig traces the displacement of the tribe and the Trail of Tears, the great trauma of the civil War, the destruction of tribal autonomy, and the Cherokee people's phoenix-like rise in political and social stature during the twentieth century.

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Library Journal Review

Hoig (journalism, emeritus, Univ. of Central Oklahoma) fills a niche in the historiography of the Cherokee by focusing on their chiefs from the period of white contact to 1985. He thereby provides insight into two events often overlooked or minimized in standard accounts: the Chickamaugan Cherokee movement of 1775-94, which is examined in great detail because of its influence on Cherokee politics well into the 19th century, and the Cherokee experience in the Republic of Texas, which ended tragically with the ouster of the tribe in 1839. Unfortunately, other periods in the tribe's history are noted by the name of the chief at the time and little else; ten pages encompass the entire 20th century. The tribe's role in the Civil War is examined in depth, but libraries interested in the topic would be better served by Gen. Stand Watie's Confederate Indians (Univ. of Oklahoma, 1998). Recommended for public and academic libraries.‘John Burch, Hagan Memorial Lib., Williamsburg, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Traditional Cherokee chiefs rose to positions of leadership by virtue of their accomplishments, not because of entitlement by lineage. Peace chiefs, venerated because of their wisdom and diplomatic skills, dominated village life except during periods of emergency, when councils of war chiefs took control of events. Hoig, prolific author of books on American Indian and Southern Plains topics, focuses on the accomplishments and failures of various Cherokee leaders from the late Colonial period to the end of the 19th century. He demonstrates special adroitness in analyzing how traditional patterns of chieftainship gave way by the 1810s to a new generation of mixed-blood leaders who violently divided the tribe between pro-removal and anti-removal factions. Intratribal disputes and murders intensified during the Civil War when Cherokees split between their support for the Confederacy and the Union. At the end of that epic conflict, the factions only slowly put aside their mutual grievances to unite against the punitive Reconstruction Treaties that imperiled tribal lands and sovereignty. Ironically, the poorer Quallatown band of Cherokees, who escaped removal and remained in the mountains of western North Carolina, were able to avoid most of these self-destructive tendencies. Excellent coverage for all adult readers. M. L. Tate; University of Nebraska at Omaha