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Blood moon : an American epic of war and splendor in the Cherokee Nation
Sedgwick, John, 1954- author.
First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon and Schuster, [2018]

Physical Description:
xi, 487 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
This sweeping American epic reveals the story of the century-long blood feud between two rival Cherokee chiefs from the early years of the United States. Dramatic, far-reaching, and unforgettable, this book paints a portrait of these two inspirational leaders who worked together to lift their people to the height of culture and learning as the most civilized tribe in the nation, and then drop them to the depths of ruin and despair as they turned against each other. Theirs is a story of land, pride, honour, and loss that forms much of the country's mythic past today.
General Note:
Map on liner papers.
Part one: Paradise lost. A birth on the Hiwassee ; Contact ; The bloody land ; The first kill ; Foreign relations ; A birth on the Coosa ; A death for a death ; Prosperity ; Into the wild -- Part two: The descent into Hell. The perils of peace ; Deliverance ; A nation of verbs ; "Barks on barks obliquely laid" ; Gold fever ; The imprisonment of Reverend Samuel Worcester ; The terrible truth ; "A consummate act of treachery" ; Specters in the shadows ; A final reckoning ; Our strength is our redeemer -- Part three: Vengeance be mine. Honey Creek ; The business of removal ; Exodus ; "The Cherokee are a complaining people" ; "They can leave us" ; Indian justice ; $1,094,765 ; The defense ; "The groves of the Brandywine" -- Part four: Fateful lightning. Slaves to fortune ; "As brothers live, brothers die" ; Civil War ; The end ; "I shall see them no more on Earth" ; What remained -- Epilogue: On politics.

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