Mississippi's American indians /
James F. Barnett Jr.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2012.
ix, 317 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
161703245X (Cloth), 9781617032455 (Cloth)
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Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2012.
161703245X (Cloth)
9781617032455 (Cloth)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 274-307) and index.
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The full story of the state's once thriving and diverse American Indian population
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-11-01:
This synthesis chronicles the history of Mississippi's Native American inhabitants. At the beginning of the 18th century, over 20 different American Indian tribal groups--among them the Biloxi, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Natchez, Tunica, and Yazoo--inhabited the lands that became Mississippi. Today the state is home to only one, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Barnett (Mississippi Department of Archives and History) traces the forces and processes, including the intense pressure of European invasion and American displacement, that led to this sweeping change. Beginning with the state's approximately 12,000-year prehistory, the author describes the early hunter-gatherer societies through the powerful mound builders encountered by the first European expeditions. Once connected to the Atlantic market economy by the Spanish, French, and English, smallpox and other diseases followed along the trading paths with tragic results for Mississippi Indians. Colonial competition sparked destructive wars, such as the Natchez rebellion, the Choctaw civil war, and the French and Indian War, which led to more death and a diaspora of many of the tribes. Ultimately, the Choctaw and Chickasaw signed a series of land treaties that ended in destitution and removal to Oklahoma. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. E. M. Thomas Gordon College
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"This is a beautiful book, extensively researched and very well written. Barnett has an enviable ability to bring together information from a wide variety of sources without losing the engaging narrative style that makes this volume highly readable. It is doubtful whether anyone could have done a better job of constructing a cohesive historical narrative from the many disparate players, places, and events that crowded the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries in the American Southeast. A book of this kind focusing on the Magnolia State is a welcome addition to the corpus of work available to scholars, teachers, and the general public." --Evan Peacock, author of Mississippi Archaeology Q & A
"In the first synthesis of its kind, Barnett brings together many strands of data and scholarship to chronicle the changes and history of Mississippi's indigenous inhabitants, and Mississippi history is expanded by some 14,000 years. In highly readable prose, Barnett integrates the narrative of Indian and Euro-American encounters into Mississippi and American history while also highlighting the historical experiences of the various Indians who once lived in the state and their historic cultural lives. The book will go far in bringing Mississippi's Indians, and indeed Indian people in general, into the public's historical consciousness." --Robbie Ethridge, author of From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715
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At the beginning of the eighteenth century, over twenty different American Indian tribal groups inhabited present-day Mississippi. Today, Mississippi is home to only one tribe, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. In Mississippi's American Indians, author James F. Barnett Jr. explores the historical forces and processes that led to this sweeping change in the diversity of the state's native peoples. The book begins with a chapter on Mississippi's approximately 12,000-year prehistory, from early hunter-gatherer societies through the powerful mound building civilizations encountered by the first European expeditions. With the coming of the Spanish, French, and English to the New World, native societies in the Mississippi region connected with the Atlantic market economy, a source for guns, blankets, and many other trade items. Europeans offered these trade materials in exchange for Indian slaves and deerskins, currencies that radically altered the relationships between tribal groups. Smallpox and other diseases followed along the trading paths. Colonial competition between the French and English helped to spark the Natchez rebellion, the Chickasaw-French wars, the Choctaw civil war, and a half-century of client warfare between the Choctaws and Chickasaws. The Treaty of Paris in 1763 forced Mississippi's pro-French tribes to move west of the Mississippi River. The Diaspora included the Tunicas, Houmas, Pascagoulas, Biloxis, and a portion of the Choctaw confederacy. In the early nineteenth century, Mississippi's remaining Choctaws and Chickasaws faced a series of treaties with the United States government that ended in destitution and removal. Despite the intense pressures of European invasion, the Mississippi tribes survived by adapting and contributing to their rapidly evolving world.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Mississippi Indians in Prehistoryp. 13
1540-1684: Early European Contactp. 46
1685-1715: The Era of the Indian Slave Tradep. 67
1716-1762: The Deerskin Trade and Client Warfarep. 107
1763-1800: Cultural Survival and Emigrationp. 145
1801-1837: Treaties and Removalp. 164
Epiloguep. 208
Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creekp. 214
Treaty with the Chickasaw, October 20, 1832p. 225
Notesp. 237
Bibliographyp. 274
Indexp. 308
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