The Dividing Paths: Cherokees and South Carolinians Through the Era of Revolution by Tom HatleyThe Dividing Paths: Cherokees and South Carolinians Through the Era of Revolution by Tom Hatley

The Dividing Paths: Cherokees and South Carolinians Through the Era of Revolution

byTom Hatley

Paperback | May 1, 1995

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Focusing on the American Cherokee people and the South Carolina settlers, this book traces the two cultures and their interactions from 1680, when Charleston was established as the main town in the region, until 1785, when the Cherokees first signed a treaty with the United States. Hatleyretrieves the unfamiliar dimensions of a world in which Native Americans were at the center of Southern geopolitics and in which radically different social assumptions about the obligations of power, the place of women, and the use of the land fed the formative cultural psychology of the colonialSouth. Weaving together firsthand accounts, journals, and letters to give a human reality to the facts of war, politics, and the economy, he pinpoints the revolutionary decade--from the little known but decisive Cherokee war through the Revolution itself--in which both societies struggled overtheir own identities. Rather than focusing on the Cherokees and Carolinians separately, this book focuses on contacts, encounters, exchanges, intersections: their mutual history. Hatley argues that Cherokee and colonial histories cannot be understood separately--that they are inextricablylinked--and that the origins of distinctive features of Native American and colonial ethnicity and seemingly unrelated twists in the political history of each society are rooted in this encounter.

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Tom Hatley is at Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.

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Title:The Dividing Paths: Cherokees and South Carolinians Through the Era of RevolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.13 × 6.06 × 1.02 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019509638X

ISBN - 13:9780195096385

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This book traces the interactions between the Cherokee people and the South Carolina settlers, from the establishment of Charleston in 1680, until the first Cherokee treaty in 1785.

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"This is much more than a narrative of Cherokee or colonial history. It is a demographic, agricultural, political, gender-oriented ethnohistory revealing new ideas about the interrelationship of white and Cherokee society, and it is better than any previous work. This will be required readingfor any serious student of Cherokee and colonial history."--American Indian Culture and Research Journal