By James R. Atkinson
This is the first comprehensive history of the Chickasaw tribe while they occupied their original motherland, located east of the Mississippi River in the upper watershed of the Tombigbee River in what is today northeastern Mississippi.
Atkinson thoroughly researches the Chickasaw Indians, tracing their history as far back as the documentation and archaeological record will allow. He historicizes from a native viewpoint and outlines political events leadings to removal, while addressing important issues as slave-holding among Chickasaws, involvement of Chickasaw and neighboring Indian tribes in the American Revolution, and the lives of Chickasaw woman.
” This book will be welcomed by scholars of Chickasaw history. There is no other volume that provides the kind of political detail we see here, especially for the American period, and I am sure it will become a significant building block in the emerging historiography of the Chickasaw.”- Patricia Galloway, University of Texas-Austin.
James R. Atkinson is a retired historian and archaeologist who spent most of his career with the National Park Service in Mississippi and other states.