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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 2003 edition (December 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807854956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807854952
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"Paints a vivid portrait of Creek society and culture in the early nineteenth century. . . . Well-written, free from jargon, and accessible to readers who are not experts in the field. Consequently, Ethridge's examination of the Creek world will be of considerable value for anyone interested in Indian ethnohistory or the history of the American south." -- "Journal of Southern History"

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Ethridge forges an original approach to writing American Indian history. . . . Remarkable. Every library should own this book, if only for her fourteen minutely detailed maps of Creek towns.--NC Historical Review

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dale R. Cozort on April 8, 2008
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I was interested in this book mainly for the first couple of chapters, which cover the early development of the Creek Indians. Chapter Two is a very good brief summary of current thinking about how the Indian tribes of the US southeast developed in the years between first contact with Europeans and the time the frontier reached the major tribes. Some important conclusions:

"...the Indian polities most associated with the South--the Cherokees, the Creeks, the Choctaws, the Chickasaws, the Seminoles, and the Catawbas--did not exist prehistorically. Rather, they came into existence sometime in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in response to the contact between the Old and New Worlds."

They developed from the debris of the old Mississippian chiefdoms destroyed by European diseases in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. "During this time the chiefdoms of the Mississippian Period suffered a crippling loss of life... The consequences of this population collapse are not hard to see in the archaeological record. Some populations declined sharply, and some areas were abandoned altogether. The people ceased building mounds and ceremonial centers, and the level of ritual and artistic production declined sharply. Also, the elaborate status goods seen in late prehistoric graves disappear from the archaeological record in later times, suggesting a leveling of social status. The people suffered an incalculable loss of knowledge and traditional practices."

Survivors eventually banded together to form "coalescent" societies--the historic tribes like the Creeks, Cherokees, etc. They took form as a fusion of traditional forms and an emerging European economic system.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lehigh History Student VINE VOICE on April 15, 2008
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This book provides an intimate an unique look into how the Creek Indians lived throughout the time of the new republic. It begins with the establishment of the US Indian agent and how life changed through acculturation, accommodation, and resistance. Trade patterns, gender roles, and political structure all changed with the redeployment of American citizens. Although much of the land was taken up by illegal means the creeks were still forced to contend with the way that new societies emerged. The primary source for the book is the letters and diary of Benjamin Hawkins who was the United States government representative and former north Carolina senator to take up the process of reforming the Creeks. Hawkins dictated a great deal of life and his notes are very through. Combined with enthonhistorical techniques the reader gets a very interesting view of Creek Society from the inside. Very easy to read and a great start to understanding how the Indians lived in the colonial world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence H. Head, Jr. on January 27, 2014
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This would be of interest to anyone having a general curiosity about the pre-Removal Creeks. My own interest was a more detailed understanding of the geographical setting for the Creek War of 1813-14--and it did not disappoint.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Akins Jr. on July 5, 2009
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We have been taught too much fiction in our schools. Here is an excellent sample of the truth about the Native Americans.
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