The Invention of the Creek Nation, 1670-1763

Aug 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 17-1: Telling Our Stories, Media Reviews

University of Nebraska Press (2004), Lincoln
340 pages
ISBN 0-8032-2414-1
Cloth $59.95

Review by Betty J. Mason

This fascinating account of the early political history of the Creeks (Muscogee) is heavy reading.  The focus is on the beginnings of the Creek Nation (near present day Alabama and Georgia) during the colonial period prior to the French and Indian War.

Invention of the Creek Nation examines the Creek’s famous “neutrality” policy with the Spanish, French, and English imperial powers.  It explores Indian political leaders, warfare, the trade system, and the Creek traditional kinship-based political system.

In this book, his first, Dr. Steven Hahn attempts to present the Creek perspective on their history and political system.  He is an assistant professor of American history at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.

This book contains extensive notes, bibliographical sources, maps, and an index. I recommend it for research collections on Native American Studies in tribal colleges and universities and highly recommend it for any Muscogee researching his/her roots.

Betty J. Mason (Muscogee), M.L.S., is the director of library services for the D-Q University in Davis, CA.

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