Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750-1830 / Edition 1

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Overview


This evocative story of the Choctaws is told through the lives of two remarkable leaders, Taboca and Franchimastabé, during a period of revolutionary change, 1750-1830. Both men achieved recognition as warriors in the eighteenth century but then followed very different paths of leadership. Taboca was a traditional Choctaw leader, a "prophet-chief" whose authority was deeply rooted in the spiritual realm. The foundation of Franchimastabé's power was more externally driven, resting on trade with Europeans and American colonists and the acquisition of manufactured goods. Franchimastabé responded to shifting circumstances outside the Choctaw nation by pushing the source of authority in novel directions, straddling spiritual and economic power in a way unfathomable to Taboca. The careers of these leaders signal a watershed moment in Choctaw history – the receding of a traditional mystically oriented world and the dawning of a new market-oriented one.

At once engaging and informative, Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750–1830 highlights the efforts of a nation to preserve its integrity and reform its strength in an increasingly complicated, multicultural world.

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Editorial Reviews

The Chronicles of Oklahoma
"O'Brien's work is solid and the research impeccable."—The Chronicles of Oklahoma
The Alabama Review

"A significant step forward, one of a small number of recent southeastern Indian histories that begin by taking native cultures seriously and viewing Choctaw beliefs and understandings of the world as crucial to the ways in which native people acted and reacted as historical actors. . . . O'Brien is to be commended for attempting this difficult and necessary work."—Jason Baird Jackson, The Alabama Review

— Jason Baird Jackson

The American Historical Review

“Greg O’Brian carefully contextualizes the internal dynamics of kinship and spiritual authority with the external forces of European settler encroachment and trade to analyze how the Choctaw accommodated, yet maintained, their traditional culture in an era of revolutionary change. . . . This book is an important starting point for reassessing the evolution of the Choctaw and their neighbors in the second half of the eighteenth century.”—Allan Gallay, The American Historical Review

— Allan Gallay

The Alabama Review - Jason Baird Jackson
"A significant step forward, one of a small number of recent southeastern Indian histories that begin by taking native cultures seriously and viewing Choctaw beliefs and understandings of the world as crucial to the ways in which native people acted and reacted as historical actors. . . . O'Brien is to be commended for attempting this difficult and necessary work."—Jason Baird Jackson, The Alabama Review
The American Historical Review - Allan Gallay
“Greg O’Brian carefully contextualizes the internal dynamics of kinship and spiritual authority with the external forces of European settler encroachment and trade to analyze how the Choctaw accommodated, yet maintained, their traditional culture in an era of revolutionary change. . . . This book is an important starting point for reassessing the evolution of the Choctaw and their neighbors in the second half of the eighteenth century.”—Allan Gallay, The American Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803286221
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Indians of the Southeast Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 1,441,232
  • Product dimensions: 0.46 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Greg O'Brien is an associate professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi.
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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Introduction
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Choctaws and Power 1
2 The Multiethnic Confederacy 12
3 Warriors, Warfare, and Male Power 27
4 Power Derived from the Outside World 50
5 Trading for Power 70
6 Otherworldly Power and Power in Transition 98
Notes 115
Selected Bibliography 145
Index 153
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