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The four deaths of Acorn Whistler : telling stories in colonial America

Author: Joshua Aaron Piker
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2013.
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Analyzes competing accounts of the events surrounding the death of a Creek Indian executed in 1752 for murdering five Cherokee men after war broke out between the tribes. The multiple narratives tell competing versions of why Whistler had to die and what his death meant, each revealing the agendas of colonists, British officials, and Native Americans of the two tribes.

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Acorn Whistler; Acorn Whistler; Acorn Whistler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Aaron Piker
ISBN: 9780674046863 0674046862
OCLC Number: 812067632
Awards: Nominated for James A. Rawley Prize 2014
Nominated for Merle Curti Award 2014
Nominated for George Washington Book Prize 2014
Nominated for New-York Historical Society American History Book Prize 2013
Nominated for American Society for 18th-Century Studies Louis Gotschalk Prize 2014
Nominated for Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award 2014
Nominated for Oscar Kenshur Book Prize 2013
Nominated for SHEAR Book Prizes 2013
Description: 310 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : Acorn Whistler and the storytellers --
Imperial. The governor ; The governor's story --
National. The emperor ; The emperor's story --
Local. The family and community ; The family and community's story --
Colonial. The colonists ; The colonists' story --
Epilogue : June 5, 1753.
Responsibility: Joshua Piker.
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Told by a colonial governor, a Creek military leader, Native Americans, and British colonists, each account of Acorn Whistler's execution for killing five Cherokees speaks to the collision of  Read more...


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Pocahontas. Sacajawea. Sitting Bull. Crazy Horse. Acorn Whistler? This Creek Indian's life will never put him in the pantheon of renowned Native Americans. But it is his death, not his life, that Read more...

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