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

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Overview

Focusing on the Native American Cherokee people and South Carolina settlers, The Dividing Paths traces their interactions from 1680, when Charleston was established 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 influenced the formative cultural psychology of the colonial South. Weaving together firsthand accounts, maps, journals, and letters to give a human reality to the facts of war, politics, and the economy, Hatley pinpoints the revolutionary decade - from the little known but decisive Cherokee war through the American Revolution itself - in which both societies struggled over their own identities. Rather than focusing on the Cherokees and Carolinians separately, The Dividing Paths looks at 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, of seemingly unrelated twists in the political history of each society, are rooted in this encounter. A pivotal intercultural chapter in the history of the South, The Dividing Path will interest general readers and specialists in Southern, Native American, colonial, revolutionary, and women's history alike.
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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

Introduction
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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