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Book Review: Better Kind Of Hatchet: Law, Trade And Diplomacy In The Cherokee Nation During The Early Years Of European Contact, William E. Nelson Jan 1977

Book Review: Better Kind Of Hatchet: Law, Trade And Diplomacy In The Cherokee Nation During The Early Years Of European Contact, William E. Nelson

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John Phillip Reid's latest book, A Better Kind of Hatchet: Law,
Trade, and Diplomacy in the Cherokee Nation during the Early
Years of European Contact, is ostensibly a study of trade relations
between South Carolina and the Cherokee Indians during the first
third of the eighteenth century. But taken in conjunction with his
earlier book, A Law of Blood: The Primitive Law of the Cherokee
Nation, the new book is, in truth, much more. At the deepest level,
Reid's achievement in the two books is to suggest to white Americans,
first, some ways in which our understanding of ...