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Records of the Moravians Among the Cherokees, Volume 9: Volume Nine: March to Removal, Part 4 'they Shall Not Be Forsaken', 1830-1833

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The collision between the Cherokee Nation and the State of Georgia moves inexorably closer, as chronicled by Moravian Church missionaries in volume 9 of Records of the Moravians among the Cherokees covering August 1830-1833.

Continuing the subtitle series March to Removal, volume 9 opens with an air of peace and quiet that belies the future. That tranquility is shattered when Georgia orders all white men in the Cherokee Nation to take an oath of allegiance to the state's laws or leave the country.

The new law ushers in a year of upheaval, terror, and imprisonment, as Georgia Guards sweep the land of white laborers, artisans, and especially, as Br. Gottlieb Byhan reports, the "Yankee Missionaries" of the American Board in Boston. The jailing of Samuel Worcester eventually becomes a national cause c l bre before the United States Supreme Court, to no avail.

The Moravian missionaries too suffer. First Oochgeelogy, their mission station near New Echota, the Cherokees' capital, is lost to "renters." Then on New Year's Day, 1833, the Moravians' beloved Springplace, the first mission station in the Cherokee Nation, is overrun by whites who have "won" it through Georgia's lottery of land sales in the Cherokee Nation.

With this loss, the Moravians have no recourse but to seek refuge in Tennessee beyond the reach of Georgia law. Must they abandon their little congregation of Cherokee members? Back home in Salem, North Carolina, church authorities vow: "They shall not be forsaken."

Records of the Moravians among the Cherokees uses original diaries, minutes, reports, and correspondence in Moravian Archives in North Carolina to provide a first-hand account of daily life among the Cherokees throughout the nineteenth century. Though written by missionaries from their perspective, these records give much insight into Cherokee culture, society, customs, and personalities.

ISBN-13: 9780999452110

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Cherokee Heritage Press

Publication Date: 11-12-2019

Pages: 516

Product Dimensions: 9.41h x 7.21w x 1.83d

Vinson, Michael: - Michael Vinson is a rare book dealer specializing in Texas and the West. He has appraised rare books for the Antiques Road Show and has been interviewed by the New York Times about rare book thefts. He is the author of Edward Eberstadt & Sons: Rare Booksellers of Western Americana.Starbuck, Richard W.: -

Richard W. Starbuck was born and raised in the Moravian Church. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College and worked for twelve years as a writer and editor for the Winston-SalemJournal and Sentinel newspapers. In 1986 he joined the Moravian Archives, where he has been instrumental in editing numerous works for publication in print and online. He is the coauthor of With Courage for the Future: The Story of the Moravian Church, Southern Province and editor of eight volumes of Records of the Moravians among the Cherokees. Starbuck was appointed and briefly served as the Archivist of the Moravian Church, Southern Province, before retiring in 2017.