Citizens Creek

Citizens Creek

A Novel

Large Print - 2014
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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorCow Tom, born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his tenth birthday, possessed an extraordinary gift: the ability to master languages. As the new country developed westward, and Indians, settlers, and blacks came into constant contact, Cow Tom became a key translator for his Creek master and was hired out to US military generals. His talent earned him money - but would it also grant him freedom?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Wheeler Publishing,, 2014
ISBN: 9781410473936
Branch Call Number: TADEM
Characteristics: 669 pages

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Nightshade7206
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.

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3crystal
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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