Examining this intricate and emotionally charged history, Naylor demonstrates that the "red over black" relationship was no more benign than "white over black." She presents new angles to traditional understandings of slave resistance and counters previous romanticized ideas of slavery in the Cherokee Nation. She also challenges contemporary racial and cultural conceptions of African-descended people in the United States. Naylor reveals how black Cherokee identities evolved reflecting complex notions about race, culture, "blood," kinship, and nationality. Indeed, Cherokee freedpeople's struggle for recognition and equal rights that began in the nineteenth century continues even today in Oklahoma.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Series:||The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||3 MB|
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Celia Naylor has produced a bold, well-written book on a highly provocative and critically important topic, the story of African American people who were enslaved not by Europeans but by Native Americans. The work is bold and original because it does not shy away from two central contradictions: that slaves and their descendants can partially identify with their former masters, and that people who have experienced racial prejudice themselves can adopt racial prejudice against others. Anyone interested in the comparative history of slavery, western history, identity politics, and the intersections of race, culture, and nationalism will count this work as essential reading.Circe Sturm, University of Oklahoma