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Free download Þ The House on Diamond Hill 109 Â At the turn of the nineteenth century James Vann a Cherokee chief and entrepreneur established Diamond Hill in Georgia the most famous plantation in the southeastern Cherokee Nation In this first full length study to reconstruct the history of the plantation Tiya Miles tells the story of Kgrounds to free blacks from the North and South from German speaking Moravian missionaries to white southern skilled laborers Moreover the book includes rich portraits of the women of these various communities Vividly written and extensively researched this history illuminates gender class and cross racial relationships on the southern frontie. This is a book of history that may be unfamiliar to most Americans It is a scholarly book covering the real lives of Cherokee people in the early 1800's who were caught up in a time of great cultural political economic and social changeIt's a true story of a Cherokee plantation owner his family slaves and the circumstances surrounding this place in what is now northern GeorgiaWell written and researched it should be read by anyone who wants to know about American history from a different point of view than is normally presented

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At the turn of the nineteenth century James Vann a Cherokee chief and entrepreneur established Diamond Hill in Georgia the most famous plantation in the southeastern Cherokee Nation In this first full length study to reconstruct the history of the plantation Tiya Miles tells the story of Diamond Hill's founding its flourishing its takeover by w. This book and Tiya Miles' work will stay with me for a long time A must read to those seeking multitruths and microhistories Our colonial histories are impoverished until all marginalized voices are heard I learned so much about the ways in which the Cherokee communities resisted encroaching American colonisation whilst also partaking in its most violent of practices slavery and the brutalisation of black people Tiya Miles aims to centre and give voice to the stories of Cherokee women and Black slaves voices that have largely been sidelined in the retelling of Southern plantation histories Highly recommend this book to those seeking complex and richer narratives of colonisation resistance

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The House on Diamond HillHite land lottery winners on the eve of the Cherokee Removal its decay and ultimately its renovation in the 1950sThis moving multiracial history sheds light on the various cultural communities that interacted within the plantation boundaries from elite Cherokee slaveholders to Cherokee subsistence farmers from black slaves of various ethnic bac. As was the case with Miles' book on Detroit this was a very thoroughly researched comprehensive and well organized piece of work The author took the time to present the complex interaction which took place at that time between the Southern White slave owner mentality; the Germanic Moravian Christian Missionary who lived on the grounds of the plantation; and the Cherokee African and African American cultures She did not go into graphic descriptions of the horrific ongoing if not escalating brutality with which the plantation owner Joseph Vann treated all of those who lived under his control including and especially his young wife Peggy Scott But Miles certainly did not excuse it In fact she noted how even the Missionaries who were strong supporters of slavery were horrified by his behavior Miles also took care to explain how his terrible cruelty was probably due to the confluence of a number of factors his strivings to prove himself as an eual to his White plantation owner neighbors his alcoholism and his own Cherokee spiritual beliefs Miles failed to note two other issues which were relevant to understanding Vann's brutality First many Native Americans lack an enzyme needed to metabolize alcohol efficiently Thus they are much prone to get intoxicated and eventually develop alcoholism than Whites are Second Vann was probably in conflict over his Cherokee vs his EuropeanWhite heritages These two factors probably exacerbated the rage reactions he had towards those who failed to comply with his demandsMiles provided sensitive portrayals of the lives of Peggy Scott the Moravian missionaries who lived nearby and taught and prostalatized Peggy Scott as well as the slaves and a number of Cherokee and African and African American servants and slaves who toiled on the plantation She also wrote about how Peggy Scott and Joseph's son James lived after the death of Joseph in 1809 until their forced removal in the mid 1830's Thus one comes away with a very thorough picture of the place the people and the times All in less than 200 pages To her credit in the introduction and in the conclusion of the book Miles writes about the importance of overcoming the denial of the important roles that the Cherokees and the Black slaves played in the history of the plantation She explains the reasons for this the unfortunate conseuences it has had and the recent efforts by some to overcome itI have two relatively modest criticisms of this book First this one's prose style is somewhat less readable than was the case with her book on Detroit Perhaps it was the complexity of the interaction between the various cultural racial and social factors Or perhaps it was because of the incredibly wide ranging sources of information which Miles reviewed and tried to integrate into her narrative But there were times when her use of long complex sentences with numerous subordinate phrases and clauses made the book slow going A simpler direct prose would have been easier on this reader's brain anywaySecond the map provided at the start of chapter two was not very helpful It contained way too much detail some of which was never noted in the text And it failed to denote some of the places Miles wrote about in that and subseuent chapters Maybe simpler maps located at different points throughout the text would have helped communicate effectively what Miles wanted this reader to learn As it was I gave up relying on the map and tried to use my imagination when she wrote about specific places related to the plantation its inhabitants etcFor these reasons I would give the book a 4 rather than a 5 star rating Miles skillfully demonstrated that there is much that one can learn about the Cherokee nation the interactions between its members and the Africans and African Americans who lived with and under them and the tragic impact that colonialism and slavery had on them Some of the other books noted in her bibliography will help me do that So will reading her other books She is a talented historical researcher and writer