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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press; 1 edition (November 30, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870493299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870493294
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on May 31, 2008
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Andrew Jackson owed his presidency to the Choctaw. Without the voluntary aid of Choctaw soldiers, first against the pro-British Creeks and then against the British themselves at the Battle of New Orleans, Jackson would never have emerged as a national hero. Jackson's cold-hearted betrayal of the Choctaw seems to me to define his character - greedy, opportunistic, obsessed with personal honor, inflexible.

But, as Arthur DeRosier makes clear, the removal of the Choctaw and other Christianized, "civilized" tribes of the American south-east to the trans-Mississippi wilderness, during Jackson's regime, had been foreseen and planned by previous federal and state administrations, most articulately by Thomas (all men are created equal) Jefferson. DeRosier was a scholarly pioneer in re-evaluating Jefferson's Indian policies, and his indictment stands proven by later studies.

Like their eastern neighbors, the Cherokee, the Choctaw were agriculturally settled people, living more or less as their English-speaking neighbors did, at the time of their forced removal to the swampy lands now called Oklahoma, which were far from uninhabited by less "Europeanized" hunter-gatherers. But greed for plantation-suitable land and racial contempt for the Indians pushed inexorably toward two forms of expropriation: violence at the settler level and/or federally managed "removal" to the trans-Mississippi. During the presidency of James Monroe, Secretary of War John C. Calhoun committed the government to the latter, constructing a "moderate" scheme of compensated removal essentially the model for what was culminated less than two decades later under Jackson.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gordon G. Marcum on March 30, 2010
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As a Choctaw indian, I am always looking for books that give me history of my forefathers. This is an excellent read of the history of the period.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline L. Grant on March 30, 2013
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Absalutly fabulous, wonderful and the adderations just keep going on. I cried as I read the book. Only reading my Bible as ever brought tears to my eyes. I had to keep telling myself that it all had been a long time ago, and yet I know how people treat me when they find out that I am a Native American. GOD BLESS ALL NATIVE AMERICANS
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