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Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763 (Paperback)
  • Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763 (Paperback)

Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763 (Paperback)

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In this engaging history, Daniel J. Tortora explores how the Anglo-Cherokee War reshaped the political and cultural landscape of the colonial South. Tortora chronicles the series of clashes that erupted from 1758 to 1761 between Cherokees, settlers, and British troops. The conflict, no insignificant sideshow to the French and Indian War, eventually led to the regeneration of a British-Cherokee alliance. Tortora reveals how the war destabilized the South Carolina colony and threatened the white coastal elite, arguing that the political and military success of the Cherokees led colonists to a greater fear of slave resistance and revolt and ultimately nurtured South Carolinians' rising interest in the movement for independence.

Drawing on newspaper accounts, military and diplomatic correspondence, and the speeches of Cherokee people, among other sources, this work reexamines the experiences of Cherokees, whites, and African Americans in the mid-eighteenth century. Centering his analysis on Native American history, Tortora reconsiders the rise of revolutionary sentiments in the South while also detailing the Anglo-Cherokee War from the Cherokee perspective.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469621227
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm

Such insightful analysis places this work in the company of modern classics about the coming of the American Revolution.--Reviews in American History

A valuable and welcome addition to the historiography of this conflict. . . . In addition to detailing the military and diplomatic events of the period, Tortora provides an enlightening narrative from the Cherokee perspective.--North Carolina Historical Review

Tortora's mastery of the differences among the various bands of the Cherokee Nation and Colonial and imperial negotiations with the Native Americans is the book's strongest aspect....[H]is imaginative connections enrich understanding of Colonial South Carolina and the coming of the American Revolution there."

The research Tortora presents is tremendous. . . . This book is an important and thought-provoking read for anyone interested in the history of the American Revolution.--West Virginia History

Delving into documentary evidence to reveal nuanced details highlighting the internal debates of not only the colonists but also the Cherokee, [Tortora] gives the reader a full and clear understanding of the ebb and flow of the Cherokee war, providing a definitive analysis. . . . A well written, strongly analyzed and important text."--Tennessee Historical Quarterly

A rich and rewarding addition to the historiography of early American warfare.--New Books in Military History

Tortora's writing style is thoroughly entertaining, and will engage even the most timid reader. . . . Carolina in Crisis is an original contribution to the history of the Seven Years' War and should be read by anyone with an interest in this period, and the Cherokee nation in particular.--H-Net Reviews

Tortora's study of the Cherokee War and the treaty making process is expertly rendered. The story is well researched, balanced, and lucid.--American Historical Review

Illuminating and impressive. . . . A welcome addition to the history of the early American South.--Journal of Southern History

Provid[es] the reader [with a] nuanced depiction and thus is a welcome addition to the study of the period; Tortora's book should become a mainstay in the scholarship of the colonial era.--Ethnohistory

An engaging read. . . . Offers a compelling argument for reconsidering the significance of the Anglo-Cherokee War in the Revolutionary Era. . . . Provides valuable insights.--Journal of Military History

A new and refreshing direction in understanding the importance of the conflict as setting the stage for the American Revolution in South Carolina.--Journal of Interdisciplinary History

This well-written and impressively researched volume offers an intriguing synthesis of an oft-overlooked aspect of the French and Indian War.--Journal of American History

Tells an engaging and enormously complex story of Anglo-American conquest in the colonial period.--The Historian

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