Dividing Paths: Cherokees and South Carolinians Through the Era of Revolution / Edition 1

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Focusing on the American Cherokee people and the South Carolina settlers, this book traces the two cultures and their interactions from 1680, when Charleston was established as the main town in the region, until 1785, when the Cherokees first signed a treaty with the United States. Hatley retrieves the unfamiliar dimensions of a world in which Native Americans were at the center of Southern geopolitics and in which radically different social assumptions about the obligations of power, the place of women, and the use of the land fed the formative cultural psychology of the colonial South. Weaving together firsthand accounts, journals, and letters to give a human reality to the facts of war, politics, and the economy, he pinpoints the revolutionary decade—from the little known but decisive Cherokee war through the Revolution itself—in which both societies struggled over their own identities. Rather than focusing on the Cherokees and Carolinians separately, this book focuses on contacts, encounters, exchanges, intersections: their mutual history. Hatley argues that Cherokee and colonial histories cannot be understood separately—that they are inextricably linked—and that the origins of distinctive features of Native American and colonial ethnicity and seemingly unrelated twists in the political history of each society are rooted in this encounter.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[A] fine book....Hatley...displays a profound understanding of the Cherokee culture....[A] beautifully written elegy."—The New York Times Book Review

"Both finely detailed and very readable; it is an admirable piece of ethnohistory."—Choice

"This fascinating study deepens our understanding of encounters between the Cherokees and South Carolinians by placing gender at the center of the analysis. In the process, Hatley offers an important reinterpretation of the development of the southern backcountry in the eighteenth century."—Rachel N. Klein, University of California, San Diego

"One of the rare historical works that makes sense of the encounter between Europeans and American Indians from the native, as well as the white, perspective."—Bernd Lambert, Cornell University

"Goes much beyond the normal bounds of a scholarly treatise."—Catskill Mountain News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195096385
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.13 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Appalachian Prologue
1 The Enchantment and the Leech: Cherokee Memory 3
2 Carolina's Appalachian Promise 17
3 The Early Cherokee - Carolina Trade, 1700-1730 32
4 Colonial Minority: Traders in the Village 42
5 "We Should Be Well Set to Work to Take Notice of Women's Actions" 52
Pt. II An Unstable Margin
6 "Their Country is the Key of Carolina" 67
7 "Rumble Parts" 80
8 "At Peace with All Kings" 92
9 "The Plainest Road": The Coming of the Cherokee War 105
Pt. III The Cherokee War and Its Aftermath
10 Anatomy of a Conflict 119
11 Postwar Colonial Society, 1761-1768 141
12 The Cherokee Village World in Crisis and in Recovery 155
13 Pain, Profit, and Paternalism 167
Pt. IV Revolutions
14 Closing Borders and Revolutionary Stirrings, 1767-1775 179
15 The Whig Indian War of 1776 191
16 The Wall and the Path 204
17 From Sycamore Shoals to Chickamauga 216
Epilogue: Setting the Dance 229
Notes 243
Index 307
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