Minister to the Cherokees : a Civil War autobiography /

In 1857 James Anderson Slover rode into Indian Territory as the first Southern Baptist missionary to the Cherokee Nation. As the Civil War began to divide the Cherokees along with the rest of the nation, Slover was caught up in one of the most intense dramas of his century. As a farmer, teacher, pre...

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Main Author: Slover, James Anderson, 1824-1913.
Other Authors: Cloud, Barbara Lee.
Format: Book Electronic
Published:Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2001.
Online Access:EBSCOhost - Click to view - Access for Lincoln College students, faculty, and staff only
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This memoir, taken from a handwritten autobiography produced by Slover in the early 20th century, recounts a 19th-century saga at once ordinary and extraordinary. In the unadorned prose common to many preachers' memoirs of that era, Slover tells of his origins in Tennessee, his early homesteading in Arkansas, his service as a Southern Baptist missionary to the Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma just before the Civil War, his forced "skeedadling" during the war, and postwar migration to Oregon and eventual homesteading in California. Slover was a preacher, it would seem, as much for pragmatic as for spiritual reasons, as his service provided some form of steady income, more than usually came from his decades of unsuccessful farming ventures throughout the growing US. Probably to cash in on the bubble economy of Civil War books, this memoir is entitled a "Civil War autobiography," but in fact the majority of the memoir concerns other matters, particularly Slover's constant and elusive search for success in the West after the war. An interesting and useful primary source, particularly for its account of his work among the Cherokees and homesteading life in the West. General and academic collections. P. Harvey University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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