A collection of essays that examine, in context, eastern Native American speeches, which are translated and reprinted in their entirety.
Most of the Native American speeches studied are from the wars west of the Mississippi, and generally extol European conquest to one degree or another. Here scholars of literature present speeches by the eastern natives who greeted the French, Spanish, and later British invaders. They also analyze them and the contemporary European interpretation of them. Spanish Florida of the 16th century, the 1744 Lancaster Treaty, and war women of the Cherokees are among the topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)