The Brainerd Journal: A Mission to the Cherokees, 1817-1823

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The Brainerd Journal: A Mission to the Cherokees, 1817-1823.

Edited and introduced by joyce B. Phillips and Paul Gary Phillips. Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1998. Pp. xix, 584. $55.

The editors of the Brainerd Journal, both of Grossmont College, have given us the official diary of the Cherokee Mission near Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the heart of Cherokee country. The volume is a fine addition to the Indians of the Southeast series, edited by Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green of the University of Kentucky. The series includes Russell Thornton's The Cherokees: A Population History (1990), John R. Finger's Cherokee Americans: The Eastern Band of Cherokees in the Twentieth Century (1991), and Theda Perdue's Cherokee Women (1998). The Cherokee Mission was founded by the Boston-based American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and its missionaries kept this journal as an official record of their activities among the Cherokee people. The journal is one of the primary texts of North American mission and Cherokee tribal history, and this well-- edited publication will be prized by historians and missiologists working in American history and related fields of study. …