In Creek Paths and Federal Roads, Angela Pulley Hudson offers a new understanding of the development of the American South by examining travel within and between southeastern Indian nations and the southern states, from the founding of the United States until the forced removal of southeastern Indians in the 1830s.
During the early national period, Hudson explains, settlers and slaves made their way along Indian trading paths and federal post roads, deep into the heart of the Creek Indians' world. Hudson focuses particularly on the creation and mapping of boundaries between Creek Indian lands and the states that grew up around them; the development of roads, canals, and other internal improvements within these territories; and the ways that Indians, settlers, and slaves understood, contested, and collaborated on these boundaries and transit networks.
While she chronicles the experiences of these travelers-Native, newcomer, free, and enslaved-who encountered one another on the roads of Creek country, Hudson also places indigenous perspectives squarely at the center of southern history, shedding new light on the contingent emergence of the American South.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Angela Pulley Hudson is assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Old Paths, New Paths 1
1 Territoriality and Mobility in Eighteenth-Century Creek Country 11
2 Settling Boundaries and Negotiating Access 37
3 Opening Roads through Creek Country 67
4 War Comes to the Creeks 91
5 A New Wave of Emigration 121
6 Remapping Creek Country 145
What People are Saying About This
Hudson makes a truly unique and detailed contribution to our understanding of the push for infrastructure development in the American South during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and of how this development affected the lives of Creek Indians, Africans, and Americans. Only in a few instances have I seen such a successful integration of Indian and American history.Robbie Ethridge, McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies, University of Mississippi