Cherokee in Controversy: The Life of Jesse Bushyhead

Cherokee in Controversy: The Life of Jesse Bushyhead

by Dan B. Wimberly

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Overview

Jesse Bushyhead was a detachment leader during the forced Indian removal on what has become known as the Trail of Tears. In this capacity, he was responsible for the safe conduct of more than 900 emigrants from Tennessee to Indian Territory in eastern Oklahoma. After the journey, Bushyhead was a principal participant in the formation of the new Cherokee government, providing stability in the turbulent and often internecine struggle between factions. And although without legal training, he served the new government as a chief justice of the Cherokee Supreme Court. Yet during these challenges, Bushyhead, also a Baptist minister, assisted missionary Evan Jones in establishing a vibrant Baptist presence among Cherokees. However, some aspects of Bushyhead's life are more complex. As an interpreter and member of the middle class, he was a key figure in bridging the gap between the white world and Cherokees. But the removal issue divided his tribe and family, resulting in the murders of two close family members. Bushyhead himself received several death threats. Finally, his views on slavery provoked negative responses from abolitionists within Baptist ranks and sparked the separation of denominational lines between North and South.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881466072
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dan B. Wimberly is a retired professor of History from Oklahoma Wesleyan University where he taught for twenty years. He holds a PhD in History from Texas Tech University and is author of FRONTIER RELIGIONS: ELDER DANIEL PARKER: HIS RELIGION AND POLITICAL LIFE. Wimberly has a professional interest in Native American History, the Old South, and Baptist History.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Background and Early Years 1

Chapter 2 Tennessee Ministry 20

Chapter 3 The Removal Crisis 50

Chapter 4 The Seminole Mission 71

Chapter 5 The Trail West 92

Chapter 6 Establishing a New Life in the West 119

Chapter 7 Ministry in the New Nation 162

Conclusion: The Legacy 190

Bibliography 201

Index 213

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