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Slavery and Evolution of the Cherokee by Theda Perdue In this well-written book by Theda Perdue he discloses much of the history of slavery among the Cherokee people and their evolution during this 326 year period He begins with their abduction by the Spanish Perdue gives a remarkablecomparison of the two very different views of slavery experienced by two very different cultures He states that even though the Spaniards captured the Cherokee for use as slaves they misunderstood that the Indians had an egalitarian socialsystem The Cherokee system also included distribution of power and labor Thus the Cherokee accepted their slavery as a natural part of domination by the strongest The Cherokee misunderstood the Spanish form of slavery which was one of During the first years of contact with the Europeans and the African people the Cherokee were only peacefully inquisitive The Indians need for European trading goods grew Because of this need the Cherokee began waging war to supplyslaves to the Europeans in return Thus corrupting the Cherokee lifestyle Theda Perdue tells of the destruction of tribal ways due to the embracing of a belief foreign to the Native American way of life According to Perdue the US government after the Civil War decided that cheating the Cherokee for anyreason was justified because of genuine or imagined betrayals
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