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To Die Game: The Story of the Lowry Band, Indian Guerillas of Reconstruction (The Iroquois and Their Neighbors)

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An absorbing narrative..An engrossing story that makes clear why the legend of the Lowry Band has given Lumbee Indians a strong sense of historical identification pride. (James M. McPherson The Journal of Southern History)

A significant contribution.. An excellent example of how to evaluate and use local sources and weave them into an engrossing, well-documented narrative. (American History Review)

About the Author

W. McKee Evans is a Professor of History at California State Polytech and the author of the prize-winning Ballots and Fence Rails.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815603592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815603597
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Evans is the only author ever to conduct historical research on the ancestors of the present-day Lumbee tribe at a professional level of ability and accomplishment. Other authors writing on the Lumbees have been either anthropologists (such as Sider and Blu) or else amateurs in either status and/or ability. Evans researched a plethora of primary sources, and his historical fact-finding will probably never be surpassed. Evans has written a competent and well-sourced narrative.
But there are serious flaws. By beginning the book with the murder of the Lowry relatives, Evans contextualizes the gang's story as a revenge tale. The book's organization thus obscures the fact that the Lowrys had already committed two murders themselves, prior to their enemies' murder of their father. Obviously there is more going on than a simple revenge motive. Evans fails to make clear that the Lowry gang episode is really about Radical political terrorism in opposition to the Conservative political terrorism of the KKK. While Evans does report elements of the Lowrys' political motivations (although he missed a number of sources that would have expanded this aspect), he emphasizes the revenge motivation. Ultimately, Evans has succumbed to and is reproducing stereotypes of "Indian" violence. Evans never acknowledges that there is little to no evidence that the Lowrys saw themselves as Indian warriors. In fact, the Lowry gang was a multiracial political coalition--not an outbreak of ethnic conflict.
Those caveats aside, this is the most professional work ever done on Lumbee history, and certainly the best researched. All the pieces of the story are here, and it is a fascinating story indeed.
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Great book , great service, I like this book because it is about my Great grand Mothers brother.He was a hero to his people those days. The title is To Die Game: the story of the Lowry band
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this work is verygood and interest level very high especially the language factor well worth the read hig school APclasses could use it
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If you really want to know the story in the sequence of events as they occurred - you should check out
The Legend of Henry Berry Lowrie (2014)
...is an action-packed novel about the LEGENDARY Lumbee Hero, Henry Berry Lowrie and the times between 1865 - 1872.
* Includes a table listing the timeline of documented historical events.
LCCN: 2014911146
ISBN-13: 978-1495949685
ISBN-10: 1495949680
This book is a page-turner and a fun read! This is the way a LEGEND's story should be told.
For Lumbee, Henry Berry Lowrie fans and all those who just enjoy a good read!
Now available in Paperback and Kindle.
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This story of incredible bravery of a band of Lumbee Indians in Robeson County, NC should be made into a movie. Henry Berry Lowry's guerrilla tactics are an amazing story of a small band of indigenous people struggling to survive war, famine, murder and racial discrimination. Murderous Home Guardsmen, greedy bounty hunters, damsels in distress, and famine brought on by Sherman's liberating Federal troops make for a compelling story. I couldn't put this book down.
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