Demanding the Cherokee Nation: Indian Autonomy and American Culture, 1830-1900 by Andrew DensonDemanding the Cherokee Nation: Indian Autonomy and American Culture, 1830-1900 by Andrew Denson

Demanding the Cherokee Nation: Indian Autonomy and American Culture, 1830-1900

byAndrew Denson

Paperback | November 1, 2015

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Demanding the Cherokee Nation examines nineteenth-century Cherokee political rhetoric in reassessing an enigma in American Indian history: the contradiction between the sovereignty of Indian nations and the political weakness of Indian communities. Drawing from a rich collection of petitions, appeals, newspaper editorials, and other public records, Andrew Denson describes the ways in which Cherokees represented their people and their nation to non-Indians after their forced removal to Indian Territory in the 1830s. He argues that Cherokee writings on nationhood document a decades-long effort by tribal leaders to find a new model for American Indian relations in which Indian nations could coexist with a modernizing United States.

Most non-Natives in the nineteenth century assumed that American development and progress necessitated the end of tribal autonomy, and that at best the Indian nation was a transitional state for Native people on the path to assimilation. As Denson shows, however, Cherokee leaders articulated a variety of ways in which the Indian nation, as they defined it, belonged in the modern world. Tribal leaders responded to developments in the United States and adapted their defense of Indian autonomy to the great changes transforming American life in the middle and late nineteenth century, notably also providing cogent new justification for Indian nationhood within the context of emergent American industrialization.

Andrew Denson is an associate professor of history at Western Carolina University.
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Title:Demanding the Cherokee Nation: Indian Autonomy and American Culture, 1830-1900Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 0.9 inPublished:November 1, 2015Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803294670

ISBN - 13:9780803294677

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Table of Contents

SERIES EDITORS' PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION: A CHEROKEE LITERATURE OF INDIAN NATIONHOOD
1. THE LONG AND INTIMATE CONNECTION
2. THE CIVIL WAR AND CHEROKEE NATIONHOOD
3. THE CHEROKEES' PEACE POLICY
4. THE OKMULGEE COUNCIL
5. THE INDIAN INTERNATIONAL FAIRS
6. DEMAGOGUES, POLITICAL BUMMERS, SCALAWAGS, AND RAILROAD CORPORATIONS
7. "THIS NEW PHASE OF THE INDIAN QUESTION"
EPILOGUE
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

Editorial Reviews

"A well-written and important work that examines nineteenth-century U.S. Indian policy from the Cherokees’ perspective. . . . Every college library should own this book, and students of nineteenth-century U.S. history and Native American studies should give it a high priority on their reading lists."—Wendy St. Jean, North Carolina Historical Review
- Wendy St. Jean - North Carolina Historical Review - 20051129