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Tohopeka, Tohopeka, 0817357114, 0-8173-5711-4, 978-0-8173-5711-5, 9780817357115, , , Tohopeka, 0817386157, 0-8173-8615-7, 978-0-8173-8615-3, 9780817386153,

Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812
Edited by Kathryn E. Holland Braund

Quality Paper
2012. 336 pp.
23 illus.
Price:  $34.95 s
E Book
2012. 336 pp.
38 illus.
Price:  $34.95 d

Tohopeka contains a variety of perspectives and uses a wide array of evidence and approaches, from scrutiny of cultural and religious practices to literary and linguistic analysis, to illuminate this troubled period.
Almost two hundred years ago, the territory that would become Alabama was both ancient homeland and new frontier where a complex network of allegiances and agendas was playing out. The fabric of that network stretched and frayed as the Creek Civil War of 1813-14 pitted a faction of the Creek nation known as Red Sticks against those Creeks who supported the Creek National Council.  The war began in July 1813, when Red Stick rebels were attacked near Burnt Corn Creek by Mississippi militia and settlers from the Tensaw area in a vain attempt to keep the Red Sticks’ ammunition from reaching the main body of disaffected warriors. A retaliatory strike against a fortified settlement owned by Samuel Mims, now called Fort Mims, was a Red Stick victory.  The brutality of the assault, in which 250 people were killed, outraged the American public and “Remember Fort Mims” became a national rallying cry.
During the American-British War of 1812, Americans quickly joined the war against the Red Sticks, turning the civil war into a military campaign designed to destroy Creek power. The battles of the Red Sticks have become part of Alabama and American legend and include the famous Canoe Fight, the Battle of Holy Ground, and most significantly, the Battle of Tohopeka (also known as Horseshoe Bend)—the final great battle of the war. There, an American army crushed Creek resistance and made a national hero of Andrew Jackson.

New attention to material culture and documentary and archaeological records fills in details, adds new information, and helps disabuse the reader of outdated interpretations.
Susan M. Abram / Kathryn E. Holland Braund/Robert P. Collins / Gregory Evans Dowd /
John E. Grenier / David S. Heidler / Jeanne T. Heidler / Ted Isham / Ove Jensen / Jay Lamar /
Tom Kanon / Marianne Mills / James W. Parker / Craig T. Sheldon Jr. / Robert G. Thrower / Gregory A. Waselkov

Kathryn E. Holland Braund is Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University. She is the author of Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685−1815 and coeditor of Fields of Vision: Essays on the “Travels” of William Bartram and William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians.

"[…] Tohopeka offers compelling analyses and uses new evidence to show how a localized Creek civil war had enormous implications for the course of American history."
The Journal of Southern History

"An interesting, interdisciplinary collection of essays on a timely topic,quite readable by the non-specialist."--Robbie Ethridge, coeditor of Light on the Path: The Anthropology and History of the Southeastern Indians

Tohopeka is an important and timely volume that offers fresh insights into the War of 1812 and overlapping Creek War. As a whole, the book busts many long-held myths and alters our most basic interpretations of the southern conflicts.”—Andrew K. Frank, author of Creeks and Southerners: Biculturalism on the Early American Frontier and editor of Early Republic: People and Perspectives

"Contributions to Tohopeka--the Creek name for Horseshoe Bend, the climactic battle in March 1813 that saw the largest loss of Indian life in United States' history--fall into four broad themes: cultural continuity,  the battle itself, the relationship between Andrew Jackson's Creek campaign and the larger Anglo-American conflict, and multidisciplinary approaches emphasizing archaeology and material culture. . . . The importance of this volume, more than simply revising traditional understandings of the Creek War, lies in the questions that arise from its pages. Tohopeka will provide historians with a more holistic understanding of the Southeast in the early Republic."
--The Alabama Review

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