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Cherokee renascence in the New Republic / William G. McLoughlin.

By: McLoughlin, William Gerald.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1986Description: xxii, 472 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0691047413 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Cherokee Indians -- History | Cherokee Indians -- Government relations | Indians of North America -- Southern States -- History | Indians of North America -- Government relations -- 1789-1869 | United States Cherokees Social conditions, 1690-1833
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Bibliography: p. 453-460.

Includes index.

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Few stories are more often told than the cultural and public policy encounter between the new American republic and the Cherokee people. McLoughlin's latest book, however, is no simple recounting of that familiar tale. Instead, this study offers a fresh, challenging perspective on federal-Cherokee relations. After an introductory chapter outlining the traditions and patterns of Cherokee communal life, McLoughlin skillfully analyzes the forces and events that undermined tribal ways after the American Revolution. These are set against the emerging federal ``civilization'' policy-a policy that McLoughlin finds deeply influenced by Enlightenment notions of social and political equality. Here the book offers a unique picture of the interplay between federal policy and the realities of frontier life. But this work is no ordinary ``policy history'' study. The central theme is the emergence of a Cherokee nationalism modeled on a tribal perception of American nationalism. Struggling to survive in the new American world, Cherokees became farming, slaveholding Christians. But, as McLoughlin shows, the definition of American nationalism changed in the 1820s. The Jeffersonian image of the Enlightenment republic gave way to a romantic exclusivism with no place for native peoples. In this powerful ideological shift lay the roots for the Jacksonian Indian Removal. Strongly recommended.-J.P. Ronda, Youngstown State University

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William G. McLoughlin is Professor of History at Brown University

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