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The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (Paperback)
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The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 30/08/2012
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At the turn of the nineteenth century, James Vann, a Cherokee chief and entrepreneur, established Diamond Hill in Georgia, the most famous plantation in the southeastern Cherokee Nation. In this first full-length study to reconstruct the history of the plantation, Tiya Miles tells the story of Diamond Hill's founding, its flourishing, its takeover by white land-lottery winners on the eve of the Cherokee Removal, its decay, and ultimately its renovation in the 1950s.

This moving multiracial history sheds light on the various cultural communities that interacted within the plantation boundaries--from elite Cherokee slaveholders to Cherokee subsistence farmers, from black slaves of various ethnic backgrounds to free blacks from the North and South, from German-speaking Moravian missionaries to white southern skilled laborers. Moreover, the book includes rich portraits of the women of these various communities. Vividly written and extensively researched, this history illuminates gender, class, and cross-racial relationships on the southern frontier.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807872673
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
A meticulously researched and elegantly written book that is accessible to nonacademic readers as well as scholars and researchers of Native American and African American history.--Public Historian


Illustrates that Cherokee slavery differed significantly from that practiced by white Americans. . . . Slavery helped prove to the United States government that they [Cherokees] had acculturated and thus had become 'civilized.' Recommended.--Library Journal


A nuanced picture of Cherokee responses to U.S. colonialism in the early history with this microhistory of Diamond Hill. . . . Miles has produced an excellent book that enriches the historical picture of slavery in Indian nations.--H-AmIndian


[Miles'] ventures into new realms of research and analysis will be greatly appreciated by scholars examining the transformation of the Native South into the Old South.--Georgia Historical Quarterly


Both interesting to professionals and accessible for laypersons. . . . This book could easily become standard reading in public history courses while still retaining its allure for fireside readers.--Southern Historian


The fullest published portrait yet of slaves to the Cherokee.--The Defenders Online


Miles paints the most detailed picture yet published of the lives of the black slaves to the Cherokee.--Bay State Banner


A compelling narrative that speaks to the core issues of identity in the American South.--North Carolina Historical Review


Tiya Miles's new book, The House on Diamond Hill, delves into the Chief Vann House's formative years, bringing to life the complex world of a multiracial and multicultural frontier South. . . . Deserves a prominent place on the bookshelves of anyone interested in Native Americans, slavery, plantation labor, or the antebellum South, as well as anyone who appreciates a beautiful, poignant read.--Southern Cultures


[Provides] rich detail from the newly translated diaries and letters of German missionaries.--Diverse Education


An interesting book that makes a significant contribution to the study of the period.-- The Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians


Through splendid characterizations and well documented anecdotes, the reader is given a glimpse into many events of Cherokee history, but with the author's expertly crafted writing and through the personalized telling, the history, which can often be dry in other formats, comes to life vividly.--Cherokee One Feather


A well-written, thoroughly researched work, worthy of praise for its challenges to scholars of American Indian and Cherokee history and African American studies, its use of microshistory as a way to reveal lives seemingly lost in historical records, and its rich insights into the damage wrought on so many lives as a result of the violence of colonialism.--Chronicles of Oklahoma


[Miles'] book is accessible and well written, its story important. Highly recommended.--Choice


Miles's research is solid; her writing is clear; and the story she tells is both important and compelling. The House on Diamond Hill is an exemplary book.--Journal of Southern History


A welcome addition to the histories of Native America, slavery, African America, gender, the early republic, and, perhaps most significantly, public history.--The American Historical Review


The only comprehensive book about life on the Vann Plantation from the perspective of examining not only Cherokee history . . . but also black history, the roles of Moravian missionaries and white history.--The Daily Citizen, Dalton, GA


Challenges us to look past the plantation's exquisite grounds and fully examine the worlds of the people who once lived and labored there. It is a must read for anyone interested in the histories of slavery, gender, Native America, and colonialism.--West Virginia History

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