In 1841 U.S. government authorities sent Major Ethan Allen Hitchcock to Indian Territory to investigate numerous charges of fraud and profiteering by various contractors dealing with the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Indians, who had been removed from the South during the last decade. Hitchcock's report, filed after four months of travel, exposed such a high level of graft and corruption that his investigation was suppressed and never brought to the attention of Congress. Hitchcock kept nine personal diaries of his travels and observations, however, and they reveal much historic and ethnographic information on Indian life in Indian Territory. He observes how the Indians were adjusting after removal and includes many details on their customs, beliefs, culture, religion, ceremonies, amusements, industry, tribal councils, and government. To aid the modern reader, editor Grant Foreman provides an introduction and annotations, and Michael D. Green, in his foreword, explains the politics behind Hitchcock's mission to Indian Territory and his accomplishments in advancing ethnographic knowledge.
"General Hitchcock's account in this diary of his observations upon the characteristics, manners and customs, social and economic status and cultural development of the several tribes makes an important addition to our knowledge of these Indians, an original source of information well worth preserving". -- New York Times Book Review
About the Author :
Grant Foreman has contributed to A Traveler in Indian Territory: The Journal of Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Late Major-General in the United States Army as an editor.
Grant Foreman is highly regarded as an authority on the Five Civilized Tribes. His career is noted in an introduction by Donald E. Worcester, a professor of history at Texas Christian University and well known for such books as "The Chisholm Trail: High Road of the Cattle Kingdom,"
Michael D Green has contributed to A Traveler in Indian Territory: The Journal of Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Late Major-General in the United States Army . Michael D. Green is professor of history and Native American studies at Dartmouth College.
|Title:||A Traveler in Indian Territory: The Journal of Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Late Major-General in the United States Army||Publisher:||University of Oklahoma Press|
|Author:||Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Grant Foreman, Michael D Green|
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