Freedmen again

Indian Country Today gives a brief history of the struggle between Cherokee abolitionists and slaveholders during the Civil War, and how that influences today’s crisis over the Cherokee Freedmen. It shows that both competing definitions of native citizenship have deep roots within the Cherokee people. It is false to say the freedmen and others were imposed on the tribe solely by outsiders. Hopefully someday the Cherokees can rediscover the better angels in their own history.


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