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The Black Seminoles - History of a Freedom-Seeking People (Electronic book text)
The Black Seminoles - History of a Freedom-Seeking People (Electronic book text): Kenneth W. Porter
The Black Seminoles - History of a Freedom-Seeking People (Electronic book text): Kenneth W. Porter

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The Black Seminoles - History of a Freedom-Seeking People (Electronic book text)

Kenneth W. Porter; Edited by Alcione M. Amos, Thomas P. Senter

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This story of a remarkable people, the Black Seminoles, and their charismatic leader, Chief John Horse, chronicles their heroic struggle for freedom.

Beginning with the early 1800s, small groups of fugitive slaves living in Florida joined the Seminole Indians (an association that thrived for decades on reciprocal respect and affection). Kenneth Porter traces their fortunes and exploits as they moved across the country and attempted to live first beyond the law, then as loyal servants of it.

He examines the Black Seminole role in the bloody Second Seminole War, when John Horse and his men distinguished themselves as fierce warriors, and their forced removal to the Oklahoma Indian Territory in the 1840s, where John's leadership ability emerged.

The account includes the Black Seminole exodus in the 1850s to Mexico, their service as border troops for the Mexican government, and their return to Texas in the 1870s, where many of the men scouted for the U.S. Army. Members of their combat-tested unit, never numbering more than 50 men at a time, were awarded four of the sixteen Medals of Honor received by the several thousand Indian scouts in the West.

Porter's interviews with John Horse's descendants and acquaintances in the 1940s and 1950s provide eyewitness accounts. When Alcione Amos and Thomas Senter took up the project in the 1980s, they incorporated new information that had since come to light about John Horse and his people.

A powerful and stirring story, "The Black Seminoles" will appeal especially to readers interested in black history, Indian history, Florida history, and U.S. military history.

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Imprint: University Press of Florida
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2013
Authors: Kenneth W. Porter
Editors: Alcione M. Amos • Thomas P. Senter
Format: Electronic book text - Windows
Pages: 308
ISBN-13: 978-0-8130-4775-1
Barcode: 9780813047751
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LSN: 0-8130-4775-7

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