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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

the history of American Indian relations to engage in prophecy.
He has seen too many prophecies fail. He knows that what he
should say would be little more than speculation. One draws
from his book the conclusion that the Indian problem, like the
poor, we shall have with us always.
It is this reviewer's conclusion, nevertheless, that the book con-
stitutes the most useful historical treatment of the Indian problem
that he has read.
Hardin-Simmons University.
A Political History of the Cherokee Nation, 1888-1907. By
Morris L. Wardell. (Norman, Okla.: University of Okla-
homa Press, 1938. Pp. vi, 383. Illustrations, maps. $3.50.)
With this book another valuable addition has been made to the
series published by the University of Oklahoma called The Civili-
zation of the American Indian. The story of the Cherokee Indians,
so ably begun by Grant Foreman, is now complete to the time of
termination of the Cherokee Nation as a political unit in 1907.
Prior to the admission of Oklahoma to the Union of American
commonwealths, the tribal business of the Cherokee Nation was
closed and the Indian state became a thing of history.
A Political History of the Cherokee Nation is made up of sixteen
chapters, several appendices, a competent bibliography, two valu-
able maps, and a number of photographs of illustrious Cherokees.
It is based on conscientious and diligent research and the foot-
notes document most of the statements made in it about which
any question might arise. The author has made use of the Frank
Phillips Collection of Indian materials at the University of Okla-
homa, the documents, letters, and books of the Oklahoma His-
torical Society, papers in the Library of Congress and the Depart-
ment of the Interior and tribal records in the Union Agency at
Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Dr. Wardell assumes that his readers are familiar with the early
history of the Cherokee tribe and the sad story of their removal
to the West. Scant attention, of course, is paid to the forces
which were back of the tribal factionalism which developed during
and immediately following the removal period. Virtual civil war,


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