Torchlights to the Cherokees

In the fall of 1816, General Andrew Jackson introduced to the Creeks and Cherokees a young missionary sent from New England to investigate the possibility of starting a school and mission in Cherokee Country. Cyrus Kingsbury reported the details of his meeting and the Indians’ positive response to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Anxious to proceed, he soon notified the Board that he had found a place and hoped “to begin the school in February.”

Quickly winning respect and admiration from the Cherokees, the Brainerd Mission also gained national recognition and international notice. Walker quotes extensively from the old letters and journals kept by the men and women who carried on the work. Their commentary offers an interesting look at things as they were for our country during that turbulent time.

Once nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Walker’s work remains (as noted in the New York Times Book Review, February 7, 1932) “an interesting and valuable addition not only to the local history of Tennessee and Georgia, but also the history of the American Indian and his relations with white civilization and government.”
  • Trade Paper 339pp.
  • Subject: Native American Interest, Tennessee Interest

Condition: New

ISBN: 978-0-932807-95-3

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