Four Deaths of Acorn Whistler Telling Stories in Colonial America

ISBN-10: 0674046862
ISBN-13: 9780674046863
Edition: 2013
Authors: Joshua Piker
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 6/14/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Who was Acorn Whistler, and why did he have to die? A deeply researched analysis of a bloody eighteenth-century conflict and its tangled aftermath, The Four Deaths of Acorn Whistler unearths competing accounts of the events surrounding the death of this Creek Indian. Told from the perspectives of a colonial governor, a Creek Nation military leader, local Native Americans, and British colonists, each story speaks to issues that transcend the condemned man’s fate: the collision of European and Native American cultures, the struggle of Indians to preserve traditional ways of life, and tensions within the British Empire as the American Revolution approached.At the hand of his own nephew, Acorn Whistler was executed in the summer of 1752 for the crime of murdering five Cherokee men. War had just broken out between the Creeks and the Cherokees to the north. To the east, colonists in South Carolina and Georgia watched the growing conflict with alarm, while British imperial officials kept an eye on both the Indians’ war and the volatile politics of the colonists themselves. They all interpreted the single calamitous event of Acorn Whistler’s death through their own uncertainty about the future. Joshua Piker uses their diverging accounts to uncover the larger truth of an early America rife with violence and insecurity but also transformative possibility.

Prologue: April 1, 1752
Introduction: Acorn Whistler and the Storytellers
Imperial
The Governor
The Governor's Story
National
The Emperor
The Emperor's Story
Local
The Family and Community
The Family and Community's Story
Colonial
The Colonists
The Colonists' Story
Epilogue: June 5, 1753
Abbreviations
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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