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A Man Called Horse: John Horse and the Black Seminole Underground Railroad

A Man Called Horse: John Horse and the Black Seminole Underground Railroad

by Glennette Tilley Turner
A Man Called Horse: John Horse and the Black Seminole Underground Railroad

A Man Called Horse: John Horse and the Black Seminole Underground Railroad

by Glennette Tilley Turner

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A daring account of Black Seminole warrior, chief, and diplomat John Horse and the route he forged on the Underground Railroad to gain freedom for his people

John Horse (c. 1812–1882, also known as Juan Caballo) was a famed chief, warrior, tactician, and diplomat who played a dominant role in Black Seminole affairs for half a century. His story is central to that of the Black Seminoles—descendants of Seminole Indians, free Blacks, and escaped slaves who formed an alliance in Spanish Florida. A political and military leader of mixed Seminole and African heritage, Horse defended his people from the US government, other tribes, and slave hunters.

A Man Called Horse focuses on the little-known life of Horse while also putting into historical perspective the larger story of Native Americans and especially Black Seminoles, helping to connect the missing “dots” in this period. After fighting during the Second Seminole War (1835–1842), one of the longest and most costly Native American conflicts in US history, Horse negotiated terms with the federal government and later became a guide and interpreter. Forced to relocate, he led a group of Black Seminoles to find a new home, first heading westward to Texas and later to Mexico.

Turner worked with descendants of Horse, who provided oral histories as well as many photographs and other artifacts. Her expertly researched and vetted biography depicts Horse as a complex, fascinating figure who served in many varied roles, including as a counselor of fellow Seminole leaders, an agent of the US government, and a captain in the Mexican army. But no matter the part he played, one thing remained constant: whether in battle or at the negotiating table, Horse fought tirelessly to help his people survive. The story of John Horse is a tale of daring, intrigue, and the lifelong quest for freedom.

The book includes black-and-white archival photos throughout (though the book is designed in full color), as well as a map, timeline, author's note, endnotes, and select bibliography.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419749339
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 09/21/2021
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 411,777
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Glennette Tilley Turner has written nine children’s books, including An Apple for Harriet Tubman and Running for Our Lives. She has a master’s degree in history and children’s literature; has spoken at ALA, NCTE, BCALA, and the Library of Congress; has presented at Illinois library, historical, and reading organizations; and has served as an advisor to the National Park Service. She lives in Wheaton, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Who are the Seminole? viii

Introduction x

Key Locations in John Horse's Life xii

Chapter 1 Florida 1

The First Seminole War 1

The Second Seminole War 5

The End of the War 15

Chapter 2 The West and Washington 17

From Warrior to Interpreter 17

Return to the West Territory 21

First Trip to Washington 24

Chapter 3 Mexico 30

The Two Nations 30

A New Life 32

Chapter 4 Texas 43

Arrival 43

Life in Texas 46

Chapter 5 Return to Mexico 52

The Later Years 52

The Final Journey 54

Epilogue Lasting Legacy 58

Indian Territory Oklahoma 58

Florida 60

Texas 61

Mexico 64

More About the Story 66

Timeline 75

Author's Note 79

Notes 82

Select Bibliography 85

Illustration Credits 88

Acknowledgments 90

Index 93

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