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An Assumption of Sovereignty: Social and Political Transformation among the Florida Seminoles, 1953-1979 (Indians of the Southeast) Hardcover – April 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Series: Indians of the Southeast
  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803227280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803227286
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,065,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“A valuable resource for students and teachers who wish to expand the study of Florida history to include women and minorities. . . . Thanks to its documentation, bibliographic essay, and useful index, Kersey’s book provides a solid starting point for scholars as they build upon their achievement.”—Howard Meredith, Journal of American History
(Howard Meredith Journal of American History 2007-11-07)

“Dr. Kersey drew material from essential primary sources to write this definitive book. Every person in any way interested in the modern Florida Indians needs to study it and will enjoy doing so.”—John K. Mahon, Florida Historical Quarterly
(John K. Mahon Florida Historical Quarterly 2007-11-07)

“A well-researched work that historians will welcome not only because it fills a gap in the historical record, but also because it offers insight into writing on contemporary Indian affairs.”—Larry Burt, Journal of Southern History
(Larry Burt Journal of Southern History 2007-11-07)

“An Assumption of Sovereignty stands out as a valuable addition to the literature of the Seminoles and on post World-War II American Indian history. Readable and thoroughly researched, the work effectively illustrates the fact that American Indians can alter their societies in response to outside pressures while maintaining (or regaining) a meaningful level of sovereignty and cultural distinctiveness. Kersey should be commended for ending his trilogy on a high note.”—Christopher K. Riggs, American Indian Quarterly
(Christopher K. Riggs American Indian Quarterly 2007-11-07)

“Kersey has expertly placed the Florida Seminoles within the broad focus of federal legislation and the awakening of Native-American political consciousness across the nation. The field of Florida Seminole history has been greatly enriched by his contributions.”—Patsy West, Gulf Coast Historical Review
(Patsy West Gulf Coast Historical Review 2007-11-07)

“Although geared for a scholarly audience, this book should be in of interest to those interested in American Indian law and economic development. Much of what Kersey presents fits with the growing literature on contemporary Native American communities such as the Mashantucket Pequot and Mississippi Choctaw.”—Laurence M. Hauptman, Georgia Historical Quarterly
(Laurence M. Hauptman Georgia Historical Quarterly 2007-11-07) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Harry A. Kersey Jr. is a professor of history at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of The Florida Seminole and the New Deal, The Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes: A Critical Bibliography, and Pelts, Plumes, and Hides: White Traders among the Seminole Indians, 1870–1930.

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