Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Nadia Dean - "A Demand of Blood:The Cherokee War of 1776"

If you are going to read one book about the Cherokees and their role in the American Revolution, "A Demand of Blood: The Cherokee War of 1776" by Nadia Dean should be it. Well researched and beautifully written, this is the first book I've read that gives a detailed account of all the major players in the War of 1776; the colonists, the British, the British loyalists, and the Cherokees. While there are many other books about the Revolution, few include the Cherokees and none paint such an impressively detailed picture of the Cherokee Nation and its citizens in this time period.

While the book is not without error, it is still the best I have found covering the Cherokee resistance  within the framework of the American Revolution. Thoroughly researched, the book contains 65 pages of end-notes; ten appendices; and many illustrations. Anyone with an interest in history should find this an educational and enjoyable read, while those with an interest in Cherokee history or research will find it an invaluable resource.

Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.

copyright 2014, Polly's Granddaughter - TCB

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