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A Cherokee Woman's America

Memoirs of Narcissa Owen, 1831-1907

Karen L. Kilcup (editor)

ISBN: 9780813028668

Publication Date: Oct 2005

Format: Hardback

This first scholarly edition of the writings of a unique Native American woman details an extraordinary life in a combination of genres including oral history, ethnography, and western adventure sketches.
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This first scholarly edition of the writings of a unique Native American woman details an extraordinary life in a combination of genres including oral history, ethnography, and western adventure sketches. Narcissa Owen was of mixed Cherokee and Scots-Irish descent and the daughter of a leader of the Old Settlers (those Cherokees who moved west prior to their subsequent forced removal by the U.S. government, the notorious Trail of Tears). The Memoirs reveal a fascinating and complex 19th-century woman - an artist, music teacher, storyteller, Confederate slave owner, Washington socialite, wife of a white railroad executive, widow, and mother of the first Native American U.S. Senator, Robert L. Owen, Jr. Her writings interpret the history of the tribe and describe the cultural upheaval of the Cherokees moving west. They also offer a glimpse into antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction American life. This edition provides a wealth of background information including a biographical preface, chronology of Owen's life, genealogy, and textual footnotes. In addition, an introductory essay places the Memoirs in the context of Owen's predecessors and contemporaries, including Cherokee cultural and literary tradition, the larger Indian historical/literary context, and women's writing of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Illustrations 15 b&w photos, notes
Pages 208
Date Published 31 Oct 2005
Publisher University Press of Florida
Subject/s Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900   History of the Americas   Social & cultural history   Biography & True Stories  
Karen L. Kilcup is president of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers and professor of American literature at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the author or editor of seven books, including Jewett and Her Contemporaries (UPF) and Native American Women's Writing, c. 1800-1924.

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