- Paperback: 166 pages
- Publisher: KAIOS Books (October 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971428794
- ISBN-13: 978-0971428799
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,579,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On Promised Land: an unfinished story Paperback – October 20, 2012
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About the Author
Kae Cheatham has written for newspapers and national magazines, including American Cowboy and Pro Rodeo World. For several years she was an assistant editor at Athlon Sports Communications. She has also edited for Thomas Nelson and Silver Moon Press. Her poetry has been published in many literary journals. A retired member of Western Writers of America, Kae lives in Montana where, as a speaker, she travels to various locations to share her history and writing knowledge.
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In the 1840s in Florida the Seminole and blacks--free and runaway slaves who have taken refuge with them and adapted to the Indian lifestyle--are besieged by a new enemy. Americans who sought to recover lost slaves and who coveted the territory had their desire abetted by President Jackson's plan to send all native peoples west of the Mississippi. Another of the many treaties with Native Americans was discarded without thought of consequences.
Tru Campos, a free black, his wife, Tall Deer, and their family are among those captured and forcibly sent west to Indian Territory. There the Seminole (not the name they called themselves but another of those derivatives originating with their enemies) endure hardships, scorn and the constant threat of having the blacks among them taken as slaves by the whites and their Creek and Cherokee neighbors.
Tru and a handful of friends break free from the dismal environment of Fort Gibson and stake a claim to a better life farther west.
Though the story ends on an optimistic note, Cheatham explains in an excellent afterword the plight of these people was not over when they opted to strike out on their own. Troubles with the American overlords continued to haunt the Seminole and the black Seminole into the 20th century.
This is an engrossing and educational story I would recommend to all.