NANCY WARD, CHEROKEE by Harold W. Felton


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Despite this self-importantly solemn dramatization, including many formal speeches and pronouncements, Nancy Ward is still a commanding figure. Named a ""beloved woman"" by the Cherokee after she picked up the gun dropped by her slain husband and took his place on the battle lines, Ward became a leader of the Cherokee peace party which opposed their people's alliance with the British during the Revolution (Felton admits that her faith in the Americans was tragically misplaced) and she also introduced dairy farming to Cherokee agriculture, Some children may find Nancy Ward's actions, which conflict with our notions of loyalty, somewhat confusing and though Felton demonstrates a more than casual knowledge of Cherokee history his ""mythic"" framework is more often just bombastic. Comprehensive collections may still want to remember Nancy Ward.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1975
Publisher: Dodd, Mead