Literacy and Intellectual Life in the Cherokee Nation, 1820-1906

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James W. Parins traces the rise of bilingual literacy and intellectual life in the Cherokee Nation during the nineteenth century - a time of intense social and political turmoil for the tribe.  This book takes a look at how literacy served to unite Cherokees during a critical moment in their national history and advances the understanding of how literacy has functioned as a tool of sovereignty among Native peoples, both historically and today.