978-0-02-934690-7 / 9780029346907

The Only Land They Knew: The Tragic Story of the American Indians in the Old South


Publisher:Free Press



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In 1832 President Andrew Jackson uprooted the Indians of the South, forcing them overnight to abandon their homes and march hundreds of miles westward. Yet as J. Leitch Wright, Jr. shows in this eye-opening history, before succumbing to Jackson's "Trail of Tears" Southern Indians endured three centuries of religious conversion, enslavement, epidemic disease, and murder at the hands of Spanish, French, and English settlers. Here is the first full account of their lives, customs, and terrible encounters with the white man as well as their surprising ties with African slaves and their extensive influence on the black American experience. 16 pages of photographs and drawings add great dimension to the text.

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