Cherokee Editor: The Writings of Elias Boudinot

Overview

This volume collects most of the writings published by the accomplished Cherokee leader Elias Boudinot (1804?-1839). Founding editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, Boudinot is the most ambiguous and puzzling figure in Cherokee history. Although he first struggled against the removal of his people from their native Southeast, Boudinot later reversed his position and signed the Treaty of New Echota, an action that cost him his life.

Together with Theda Perdue's biographical introduction...

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Overview

This volume collects most of the writings published by the accomplished Cherokee leader Elias Boudinot (1804?-1839). Founding editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, Boudinot is the most ambiguous and puzzling figure in Cherokee history. Although he first struggled against the removal of his people from their native Southeast, Boudinot later reversed his position and signed the Treaty of New Echota, an action that cost him his life.

Together with Theda Perdue's biographical introduction and in-depth annotations, these letters, articles, pamphlets, and editorials document the stages of Boudinot's religious, philosophical, and political growth, from his early optimism that the Cherokees could completely assimilate into white society to his call for a separate nation of "civilized" Cherokees.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Elias Boudinot's pivotal role in Cherokee history and Theda Perdue's skills as his editor make it a major contribution to our knowledge and understanding of Boudinot and the politics of Cherokee acculturation and removal."—Georgia Historical Quarterly

“Perdue's extensive introduction and assessment of Boudinot's career are distinguished by thoughtful insight and scholarly balance."—Journal of Southern History

"Perdue has done an invaluable service in gathering together Boudinot's early published writings and providing a running critical commentary on his defense of Indian 'progress.'“—Journal of the Early Republic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820318097
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Series: Brown Thrasher Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Theda Perdue is the Atlanta Distinguished Professor of Southern Culture at the University of North Carolina. Her seven books include The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears and “Mixed Blood” Indians (Georgia).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 3
Selected Contributions to Periodicals in the United States 39
An Address to the Whites 65
Selections from the Cherokee Phoenix 85
Letters and Other Papers Relating to Cherokee Affairs: Being a Reply to Sundry Publications Authorized by John Ross 155
Index 235
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