The Southern Indians: The Story of the Civilized Tribes before Removal

The Southern Indians: The Story of the Civilized Tribes before Removal

The Southern Indians: The Story of the Civilized Tribes before Removal

The Southern Indians: The Story of the Civilized Tribes before Removal

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THIS BOOK has been written in self-defense. The writer on beginning his teaching of Southern history found that he needed a knowledge of Southern Indians and failed to find it in the books then in print. He was forced, therefore, into an investigation of source material which, before it was completed, spread out over some twenty-five years and carried him into practically all Southern states as well as into several in the North.

The Southern Indians, with the exception of Alexander McGillivray, were singularly inarticulate; the records of their history are records by white men. They deal chiefly with the relations of Indians and whites and are marred by prejudices and misunderstanding. Anyone attempting, as in this case, to write a history of the Indians, as distinguished from a history of their foreign relations, will find his labors multiplied by these characteristics of his sources. The writer finishes his task with no boast that his portrayal has been precise or his account complete. He hopes he has moved at least a little toward the goal of depicting Indian history as it was.

There are several schools of thought concerning plurals of Indian tribal names; in this book, plurals have been formed in accordance with the policy of the University of Oklahoma Press.

In the course of his investigation the author has received undue aid and courtesies from so many people that it would be...

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