African Cherokees in Indian Territory
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African Cherokees in Indian Territory: From Chattel to Citizens
Forcibly removed from their homes in the late 1830s, Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, and Chickasaw Indians brought their African-descended slaves with them along the Trail of Tears and resettled in Indian Territory, present-day Oklahoma. Celia Naylor vividly charts the experiences of enslaved and free African Cherokees from the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma's entry into the Union in 1907. She explores how slaves connected with Indian communities not only through Indian customs--language, clothing, and food--but also through bonds of kinship. Cherokee freedpeople's struggle for recognition and equal rights that began in the 19th century continues even today in Oklahoma.
from chattel to citizens
Day-to-day resistance to the peculiar institution and the struggle to remain free in the antebellum Cherokee nation
Conceptualizing and constructing African Indian racial and cultural identities in antebellum Indian territory
Trapped in the turmoil : a divided Cherokee nation and the plight of enslaved African Cherokees during the Civil War era
Cherokee freedpeople's struggle for recognition and rights during reconstruction
Contested common ground : landownership, race politics, and segregation on the eve of statehood
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