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At the beginning of the twentieth century, Indian Territory, which would eventually become the state of Oklahoma, was a multicultural space in which various Native tribes, European Americans, and African Americans were equally engaged in struggles to carve out meaningful lives in a harsh landscape. John Milton Oskison, born in the territory to a Cherokee mother and an immigrant English father, was brought up engaging in his Cherokee heritage, including its oral traditions, and appreciating the utilitarian value of an American education.

Oskison left Indian Territory to attend college and went on to have a long career in New York City journalism, working for the New YorkEvening Post and Collier’s Magazine. He also wrote short stories and essays for newspapers and magazines, most of which were about contemporary life in Indian Territory and depicted a complex multicultural landscape of cowboys, farmers, outlaws, and families dealing with the consequences of multiple interacting cultures.

Though Oskison was a well-known and prolific Cherokee writer, journalist, and activist, few of his works are known today. This first comprehensive collection of Oskison’s unpublished autobiography, short stories, autobiographical essays, and essays about life in Indian Territory at the turn of the twentieth century fills a significant void in the literature and thought of a critical time and place in the history of the United States.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-61
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  1. Part One. Autobiography
  2. p. 63
  1. A Tale of the Old I.T.: An Autobiography by John Milton Oskison
  2. pp. 76-132
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  1. A Trip to Yosemite Valley: Graphic Picture of Grand Scenery Drawn by a Vinita Boy
  2. pp. 133-136
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  1. A Letter to His Father: John Milton Oskison Writes of His Visit in Europe
  2. pp. 137-138
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  1. An Autobiographical Letter to Journalist Frederick S. Barde
  2. pp. 139-143
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  1. Part Two. Fiction
  2. p. 145
  1. I Match You: You Match Me
  2. pp. 147-151
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  1. Tookh Steh’s Mistake
  2. pp. 152-157
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  1. A Schoolmaster’s Dissipation
  2. pp. 158-164
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  1. “Only the Master Shall Praise”
  2. pp. 165-176
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  1. When the Grass Grew Long
  2. pp. 177-181
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  1. The Biologist’s Quest
  2. pp. 182-191
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  1. I Saw an Eagle Strike
  2. pp. 192-193
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  1. To “Youngers’ Bend”
  2. pp. 194-202
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  1. A Border Judge and His Court
  2. pp. 203-211
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  1. Working for Fame
  2. pp. 212-220
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  1. The Fall of King Chris
  2. pp. 221-231
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  1. “The Quality of Mercy”
  2. pp. 232-239
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  1. The Greater Appeal
  2. pp. 240-247
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  1. The Problem of Old Harjo
  2. pp. 248-254
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  1. Young Henry and the Old Man
  2. pp. 255-261
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  1. Koenig’s Discovery
  2. pp. 262-271
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  1. Out of the Night That Covers
  2. pp. 272-280
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  1. Walla Tenaka — Creek
  2. pp. 281-288
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  1. The Apples of Hesperides,Kansas
  2. pp. 289-304
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  1. The Man Who Interfered
  2. pp. 305-312
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  1. The Other Partner
  2. pp. 313-330
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  1. The Singing Bird
  2. pp. 331-345
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  1. Part Three. Essays
  2. p. 347
  1. Cherokee Migration
  2. pp. 349-352
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  1. The President and the Indian: Rich Opportunity for the Red Man
  2. pp. 353-357
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  1. The Outlook for the Indian
  2. pp. 358-361
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  1. Friends of the Indian
  2. pp. 362-364
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  1. Lake Mohonk Conference
  2. pp. 365-368
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  1. The Need of Publicity in Indian Affairs
  2. pp. 369-371
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  1. Remaining Causes of Indian Discontent
  2. pp. 372-379
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  1. Making an Individual of the Indian
  2. pp. 380-390
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  1. A Carlisle Commencement
  2. pp. 391-398
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  1. The Indian in the Professions
  2. pp. 399-403
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  1. The Enduring Qualities of the Indian
  2. pp. 404-406
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  1. The Little Mother of the Pueblos
  2. pp. 407-410
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  1. An Apache Problem
  2. pp. 411-416
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  1. Acquiring a Standard of Value
  2. pp. 417-420
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  1. Arizona and Forty Thousand Indians
  2. pp. 421-428
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  1. The Closing Chapter: Passing of the Old Indian
  2. pp. 429-436
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  1. A Bigger Load for Educated Indians
  2. pp. 437-440
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  1. In Governing the Indian, Use the Indian!
  2. pp. 441-447
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  1. The New Indian Leadership
  2. pp. 448-456
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  1. Source Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 457-459
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 461-627
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 629-665
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803240391
Print ISBN
9780803237926
MARC Record
OCLC
792944087
Pages
696
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-10
Language
English
Open Access
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