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By Celia E. Naylor

Forcibly faraway from their houses within the overdue 1830s, Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, and Chickasaw Indians introduced their African-descended slaves with them alongside the path of Tears and resettled in Indian Territory, present-day Oklahoma. Celia E. Naylor vividly charts the studies of enslaved and loose African Cherokees from the path of Tears to Oklahoma's access into the Union in 1907. rigorously extracting the voices of former slaves from interviews and mining a variety of assets in Oklahoma, she creates an interesting narrative of the composite lives of African Cherokees. Naylor explores how slaves attached with Indian groups not just via Indian customs--language, garments, and food--but additionally via bonds of kinship.

Examining this complicated and emotionally charged historical past, Naylor demonstrates that the "red over black" dating was once not more benign than "white over black." She offers new angles to conventional understandings of slave resistance and counters past romanticized principles of slavery within the Cherokee kingdom. She additionally demanding situations modern racial and cultural conceptions of African-descended humans within the usa. Naylor finds how black Cherokee identities developed reflecting complicated notions approximately race, tradition, "blood," kinship, and nationality. certainly, Cherokee freedpeople's fight for popularity and equivalent rights that begun within the 19th century keeps even this present day in Oklahoma.

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