Citizens Creek

Citizens Creek

Book - 2014
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Buying his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian wars, Cow Tom builds a remarkable life and legacy that is sustained by his courageous granddaughter.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476753041
Branch Call Number: TADEMY L
Characteristics: 420 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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Aug 25, 2017

I was easily pulled into this easy read. What an amazing tale that so many with roots in Oklahoma can relate too.

Oct 25, 2016

my 85year old father cried reading this book

cmlibrary_anickerson Feb 10, 2016

This was an absorbing tale of a little known story in American History. Powerful character development based on true events and told over the span of the 100 year history of a black family in the Creek Nation.

ChristchurchLib Dec 16, 2014

Born on an Alabama plantation in 1810 and sold to Creek Indian Chief Yargee shortly thereafter, Cow Tom - so called for his talents as hilis haya of the herd, a healer of cattle - also serves as his master's yatika, or interpreter, translating between the Mvskoke-speaking Creek and their Anglophone neighbors. Despite his relatively privileged status among the Creek, Tom yearns to be "paper-free," with a wife and family and land of his own. As in her previous novels, Cane River and Red River, author Lalita Tademy draws on aspects of her own family history to present a multi-generational, multicultural family saga that provides insight into lesser-known events in American history. Historical Fiction newsletter December 2014.


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