An Assumption of Sovereignty: Social and Political Transformation among the Florida Seminoles, 1953-1979 by Harry A. KerseyAn Assumption of Sovereignty: Social and Political Transformation among the Florida Seminoles, 1953-1979 by Harry A. Kersey

An Assumption of Sovereignty: Social and Political Transformation among the Florida Seminoles, 1953…

byHarry A. Kersey

Paperback | September 1, 2007

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In the early 1950s the very existence of the Florida Seminoles was in jeopardy. Mired in poverty, poorly educated, underemployed, and without a tribal government, they also faced the possibility that the U.S. Congress would terminate services to them. Fortunately, loss of reservation lands was averted and the situation began to improve. When the federal government approved a charter and constitution for the tribe in 1957, it marked both the official resumption of tribal sovereignty after more than a century and the first agreement that did not force removal of the Seminoles from the reservation.

An Assumption of Sovereignty continues Harry A. Kersey Jr.’s examination of Seminole history. He studies the effects of shifting governmental attitudes and policies on the Florida Indians during the past quarter-century. He also charts the social, economic, and political experiences of the tribe during these volatile decades. By the end of the account, readers understand that the Seminole tribe has become organized, functioning, and sovereign, with a stable economic base. The author has made extensive use of oral history from tribal elders as well as the memoirs and records of Florida congressional leaders.

Harry A. Kersey Jr. is a professor of history at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of The Florida Seminole and the New Deal, The Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes: A Critical Bibliography, and Pelts, Plumes, and Hides: White Traders among the Seminole Indians, 1870–1930.
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Title:An Assumption of Sovereignty: Social and Political Transformation among the Florida Seminoles, 1953…Format:PaperbackDimensions:290 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2007Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803222491

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“Although geared for a scholarly audience, this book should be in of interest to those interested in American Indian law and economic development. Much of what Kersey presents fits with the growing literature on contemporary Native American communities such as the Mashantucket Pequot and Mississippi Choctaw.”—Laurence M. Hauptman, Georgia Historical Quarterly - Laurence M. Hauptman - Georgia Historical Quarterly - 20071107