336 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 10 illus., 1 map, appends., notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7204-8
Published: September 2011
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6910-9
Published: September 2011
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Awards & distinctions
2012 Willie Lee Rose Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians
Finalist, 2012 Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize, Center for Great Plains Studies
Honorable Mention, 2012 Erminie Wheeler-Voeglin Book Award, American Society for Ethnohistory
Emphasizing Cherokee agency, Stremlau reveals that Cherokee families' organization, cultural values, and social and economic practices allowed them to adapt to private land ownership by incorporating elements of the new system into existing domestic and community-based economies. Drawing on evidence from a range of sources, including Cherokee and United States censuses, federal and tribal records, local newspapers, maps, county probate records, family histories, and contemporary oral histories, Stremlau demonstrates that Cherokee management of land perpetuated the values and behaviors associated with their sense of kinship, therefore uniting extended families. And, although the loss of access to land and communal resources slowly impoverished the region, it reinforced the Cherokees' interdependence. Stremlau argues that the persistence of extended family bonds allowed indigenous communities to retain a collective focus and resist aspects of federal assimilation policy during a period of great social upheaval.
A project of First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies
About the Author
Rose Stremlau is assistant professor of history and American Indian studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
For more information about Rose Stremlau, visit the Author Page.
“The reader will not be disappointed by her treatment of the Cherokee history of retaining as much of culture as possible.”--Natives News
"Highly recommended, especially for Native American history and studies shelves."--The Midwest Book Review
“[In explaining] how the Cherokee family allowed the tribe to survive multiple generations of duress, this work succeeds more than admirably.”--Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources
"Stremlau draws on a wide range of sources generated both within the Cherokee Nation and by the federal govemment from roughly 1880 to 1930."--North Carolina Historical Review
“Stremlau works hard to perform a scholarly balancing act; her work demonstrates the ‘affection and joy’ of Cherokee families who adapted to and survived a policy that despite their resilience resulted in the exploitation and economic devastation of Cherokee communities.”--Journal of American History
“Stremlau’s book is an exceptional example of the best new work being done in Indigenous studies today.”--Great Plains Quarterly