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A New Order of Things

A New Order of Things
Property, Power, and the Transformation of the Creek Indians, 1733–1816


Part of Studies in North American Indian History

  • Date Published: December 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521669436

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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 was 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.

    • Was the first book to chronicle the decisive transformation of the Indians' Deep South that made possible the rise of plantation slavery
    • Describes in vivid detail the hidden history of the fugitive slaves and other African-Americans who lived with Creek and Seminole Indians
    • Attention to Creek language, material culture, and ritual make this work a model of new Indian history
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    '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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521669436
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 2 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Power and Prosperity Before the New Order 1733–1783
    1. Fair persuasions: power among the Creeks
    2. 'Martial virtue, and not riches': the Creek relationship to property
    Part II. The New Order Emerges 1784–1796:
    3. Alexander McGillivray: Mestizo yet Indian
    4. Forging a social compact
    5. Blacks in Creek country
    Part III. The 'Plan of Civilization' 1797–1811:
    6. New roles for women and warriors
    7. Creating a Country of Laws and Property
    8. The power of writing
    9. The hungry years
    Part IV. The New Order Challenged 1812–1816:
    10. Seminole Resistance
    11. The Redstick war
    12. The negro fort.

  • Author

    Claudio Saunt, University of Georgia

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