"A fine book taken in the spirit of reawakening an interest in an oft-neglected area of African American and Cherokee history. . . . Draws on an impressive array of sources. . . . Provides a timely record of African participation in the nation."
-Chronicles of Oklahoma
"Naylor nimbly works with sparse and sometimes problematic evidence (such as the Works Progress Administration's slave narratives) to render a sensitive and sophisticated telling of hardship and suffering, overt and everyday resistance, acceptance and disfranchisement, and adaptation and exclusion. . . . An enormous accomplishment."
-The Journal of American History
"An outstanding job of illustrating the intricate sociopolitical interactions between bondsmen and their Cherokee masters. . . . Helps illuminate the history of African Americans in the Cherokee Nation. . . . An excellent scholarly work to aid in researching African Cherokees from slavery through the turn of the twentieth century."
-North Carolina Historical Review
"A well researched, documented, and presented study. Recommended."
"Provocative and impressive . . . elucidate[s] a highly significant area of study within Indian slave-holding communities. . . . Highly recommend[ed]."
-Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Naylor succeeds in her stimulating analysis. . . . A fine contribution to the new scholarship on race, culture, and sovereignty in the United States. Naylor's thorough research and interpretation provide the basis for what should become a creative further inquiry into the history of the freed people of all Five Nations in Indian Territory."
-Western Historical Quarterly
"A rich and textured glimpse of life, work, love and loss in Indian Territory."
-West Virginia History
"[A] remarkable book. . . . Not only well-written history but timely as well. . . . A must read for anyone researching Native Americans, ethnicity, or race relations."
-Great Plains Quarterly
"Will take its rightful place as a significant contribution to the topic of nineteenth-century African-Indian relationships."
"A welcome contribution to one of the more important trends in the historiography of southeastern Indians: the recent expansion of scholarship on race, slavery, and the struggles of freedmen within the Five Tribes."
-American Historical Review
"Offers a thorough and descriptive history of the people who were at the center of this controversy. . . . Naylor skillfully mines the Work Progress Administration collection of ex-slave narratives to recreate the lives of people of African descent in the nineteenth-century Cherokee Nation."
-The Journal of Southern History