Synopses & Reviews
Of the Five Civilized Tribes of Indians the Cherokees were early recognized as the greatest and the most civilized. Indeed, between 1540 and 1906 they reached a higher peak of civilization than any other North American Indian tribe. They invented a syllabary and developed an intricate government, including a system of courts of law. They published their own newspaper in both Cherokee and English and became noted as orators and statesmen.
At the beginning the Cherokees' conquest of civilization was agonizingly slow and uncertain. Warlords of the southern Appalachian Highlands, they were loath to expend their energies elsewhere. In the words of a British officer, "They are like the Devil's pigg, they will neither lead nor drive."
But, led or driven, the warlike and willful Cherokees, lingering in the Stone Age by choice at the turn of the eighteenth century, were forced by circumstances to transfer their concentration on war to problems posed by the white man. To cope with these unwelcome problems, they had to turn from the conquests of war to the conquest of civilization.
"Easily ranks among the best of the many fine studies published thus far." Los Angeles Times
"This book is a well-written and absorbing one." Library Journal
"Those interested in Indians or authentic history will find this a prized edition." Denver Post
"The author has unearthed much new material as a result of studying 1,300 previously unpublished tribal records as well as unpublished ethnological data and manuscript records of white officials." True West
"The book is well written, descriptive and narrative in style." Virginia Quarterly Review
About the Author
Grace Steele Woodward makes her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is the author of The Cherokees, also published by the University of Oklahoma Press.