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A New Order of Things : Property, Power, and the Transformation of the Creek Indians, 1733-1816 - Claudio Saunt

A New Order of Things

Property, Power, and the Transformation of the Creek Indians, 1733-1816

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Published: 7th February 2000
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The story told here is a critical yet unknown chapter in the creation of the American Republic. Claudio Saunt vividly depicts a dramatic transformation in the eighteenth century that overturned the world of the powerful and numerous Creek Indians and forever changed the Deep South. By 1800, some Creeks, whose most valuable belongings had once been deerskins, owned hundreds of African-American slaves and thousands of cattle. Their leaders, who formerly strove for consensus, now ruled by force. New property fostered a new possessiveness, and government by coercion bred confrontation. A New Order of Things is the first book to chronicle this decisive transformation in America's early history, a transformation that left deep divisions between the wealthy and poor, powerful and powerless.

'Saunt's well-researched and well-written book is a very substantial contribution to the on-going study of this great transformation.' Mary Helms, University of North Carolina

Illustrations and mapsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Power and Property Before the New Order, 1733-1783
Fair persuasions: Power among the Creeksp. 11
"Martial virtue, and not riches": The Creek relationship to propertyp. 38
The New Order Emerges, 1784-1796
Alexander McGillivray: Mestizo yet Indianp. 67
Forging a social compactp. 90
Blacks in Creek countryp. 111
The "Plan of Civilization," 1797-1811
New roles for women and warriorsp. 139
Creating a country of laws and propertyp. 164
The power of writingp. 186
The hungry yearsp. 205
The New Order Challenged, 1812-1816
Seminole resistancep. 233
The Redstick Warp. 249
The Negro Fortp. 273
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9780521669436
ISBN-10: 052166943X
Series: Studies in North American Indian History, 6
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 7th February 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43