- Series: American Indian Law and Policy (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (August 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806138262
- ISBN-13: 978-0806138268
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,300,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Choctaws in Oklahoma: From Tribe to Nation, 1855-1970 (American Indian Law and Policy)
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About the Author
Clara Sue Kidwell is Director Emerita of the Native American Studies program and Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Choctaws and Missionaries in Mississippi, 1818-1918.
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In short, through one hundred and fifteen years of struggle, the Choctaws went "from tribe to nation." Almost always, Kidwell's approach to the history of the Choctaws focuses on legal and political struggles vis-a-vis the United States, but also within the tribe itself. Her method is thoroughly descriptive, treating the story as an historical narrative inherently worthy of being told. In at least two points, however, it becomes clear that, for the author, Choctaw history is always part family history. Series editor, Lindsay G. Robertson refers to Kidwell as both "a seasoned scholar" and "a citizen of the Choctaw Nation" (xi). Later, in Chapter 13, the author tells some of her personal family history, beginning with her great-grandfather, Gilbert Webster Thompson, a Choctaw Indian, and one of his daughters, Susie Ellen Thompson Kidwell, the author's grandmother (176-82).
An interesting story, it brings some relief to the reader who has, by that point, digested page after page of often-detailed legal and political description. Kidwell placed her autobiographical chapter so that it would fit into the chronological scheme of her book. But one wonders if it might have been better to have put this chapter where it more likely belongs, at the beginning. How might this book have been different, even more insightful, if sometimes the author had included recollections of her childhood, and things told to her by her parents and grandparents, relating them to the overall story of the Choctaw past? I raise those questions realizing that the author wants to retain credibility as a historian.