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The Fort Mims massacre changed the course of American history in many ways, not the least of which was the ensuing rise of one Andrew Jackson to the national stage. The unprecedented Indian victory over the encroaching Americans who were bent on taking their lands and destroying their culture horrified many and injured the young nation's pride. Tragedies such as this one have always rallied Americans to a common cause: a single-minded determination to destroy the enemy and avenge the fallen. The August 30, 1813, massacre at Fort Mims, involving hundreds of dead men, women, and children, was just such a spark.

Gregory Waselkov tells compellingly the story of this fierce battle at the fortified plantation home of Samuel Mims in the Tensaw District of the Mississippi Territory. With valuable maps, tables, and artifact illustrations, Waselkov looks closely at the battle to cut through the legends and misinformation that have grown around the event almost from the moment the last flames died at the smoldering ruins. At least as important as the details of the battle, though, is his elucidation of how social forces remarkably converged to spark the conflict and how reverberations of the battle echo still today, nearly two hundred years later.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. 8-11
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 12-26
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  1. 1. The Tensaw
  2. pp. 27-42
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  1. 2. Many Paths to the Tensaw
  2. pp. 43-66
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  1. 3. Americanization of Mississippi Territory
  2. pp. 67-82
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  1. 4. Red Path to War
  2. pp. 83-126
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  1. 5. Creek Civil War to Redstick War
  2. pp. 127-149
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  1. 6. The Battle of Fort Mims
  2. pp. 150-169
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  1. 7. A Country Given Up
  2. pp. 170-187
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  1. 8. Trying Times, 1813–1814
  2. pp. 188-213
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  1. 9. Remembering Fort Mims
  2. p. 214
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  1. 10. Reverberations of Fort Mims
  2. pp. 214-223
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 224-235
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  1. Appendix 1. Participants in the Battle at Fort Mims, compiled by Gregory Waselkov, James Parker, and Sue Moore
  2. pp. 236-269
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  1. Appendix 2. Places to Visit: Mississippi Territory and the Creek Nation, ca. 1813
  2. pp. 270-363
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 364-393
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 394-426
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817384777
Related ISBN
9780817355739
MARC Record
OCLC
607758271
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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