Cover, Copyright and Title Pages

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Contents

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Illustrations and Maps

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p. vii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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James Adair’s History: A Note on This Edition

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pp. xi-xiv

In the spring of 1775, James Adair’s History of the American Indians was released by publishers Edward and Charles Dilly of London. The book was actually a study of the major tribes residing adjacent to Britain’s southern colonies, particularly the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, and Choctaw Indians. ...

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James Adair: His Life and History

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pp. 1-53

James Adair hardly seems to exist outside the confines of his monumental history of southern backcountry. Shadowy rumors of his existence elsewhere abound: born the youngest son of Irish gentry;1 later, the head of a family by a Cherokee woman in North Carolina on the eve of the American Revolution.2 ...

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The History of the American Indians

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pp. 55-446

To you, with the greatest propriety the following sheets are addressed. Your distinguished abilities—your thorough acquaintance with the North American Indians language, rites, and customs—your long application and services in the dangerous sphere of an Indian life, and your successful management of the savage natives, are well known over all the continent of America. ...

Notes to Introductory Essay

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pp. 447-473

Annotations to Adair’s Text

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pp. 475-547

Bibliography

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pp. 549-569

Index

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pp. 571-589