The Seminoles Of Florida / Edition 1

The Seminoles Of Florida / Edition 1

by James W. Covington
     
 

ISBN-10: 081301204X

ISBN-13: 9780813012049

Pub. Date: 10/11/2011

Publisher: University Press of Florida

"The most comprehensive account of the history of the Florida Seminoles yet undertaken."--John K. Mahon, author of History of the Second Seminole War

The history of the Seminole Indians in Florida embodies a vital part of the tragic history of native and white American conflict throughout the entire United States. Drawing on widely scattered scholarship,

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"The most comprehensive account of the history of the Florida Seminoles yet undertaken."--John K. Mahon, author of History of the Second Seminole War

The history of the Seminole Indians in Florida embodies a vital part of the tragic history of native and white American conflict throughout the entire United States. Drawing on widely scattered scholarship, including the oldest documents and recently discovered material, Covington gives us a complete account of the Florida Seminoles from their entrance into the state almost three hundred years ago, through the great chiefdoms of Micanopy, Osceola, and Billy Bowlegs, to the current political reality of democratic elections. (In fact one woman, Betty Mae Jumper, was elected tribal chairperson in both 1967 and 1969.)

After moving into the peninsula from Georgia and Alabama, the Seminoles fought three wars against the whites. By 1858, at the end of the final war, 90 percent of the tribe had been killed or forcibly removed to Oklahoma. Those who remained in chickees in the swampy grassland of south Florida comprised one of the last tribes in the country to retain cultural independence from whites. With the drainage of the Everglades and extension of highways and railroads into the area, the land the Indians lived on without legal title became prime real estate, and the Seminoles were evicted by the new white owners.

Covington brings the history of the tribe into this century as he describes the beginning of Seminole relocation to reservations, their participation in World War II, the inroads of Christianity in the 1940s, and the changes in tribal education, government, and agriculture and business ventures in the past three decades.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813012049
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Edition description:
First
Pages:
390
Sales rank:
1,357,531
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile:
1630L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

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Preface
1The Seminoles Come to Florida3
2Early Conflicts with White Americans28
3Prelude to War, 1821-183350
4The Second Seminole War, Phase 1, 1835-183872
5The Second Seminole War, Phase 2, 1838-184296
6A Period of Crisis110
7The Final War, 1855-1858128
8Early Contacts and Establishment of a Reservation145
9Missionary Efforts and New Federal Reservations165
10Lucien A. Spencer and His Work, 1913-1931177
11Brighton and Big Cypress Reservations201
12The New Deal, World War II, and the Advance of Christianity219
13The Reservation Indians233
14The Miccosukee and Trail Indians257
Epilogue273
Appendix A. Seminole Census, 1913275
Appendix B. Superintendents and Agents for the Federal Seminole Agency289
Appendix C. State of Florida Indian Affairs Consultants, Chairs, or Commissioners291
Appendix D. Boards of Directors and Tribal Councils293
Notes299
Bibliography341
Index355

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