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The Cherokees: A Population History
The Cherokees: A Population History is the first full-length demographic study of an American Indian group from the protohistorical period to the present. Thornton shows the effects of disease, warfare, genocide, miscegenation, removal and relocation, and destruction of traditional lifeways on the Cherokees. He discusses their mysterious origins, their first contact with E...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by University of Nebraska Press
(first published October 1st 1990)
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A very thorough, very scientific approach to ascertaining the population levels of the Cherokee people from historic to modern times. Unfortunately the scope is very narrow, not that that's atypical for an anthropological study. The book only covers enough history to explain how there came to be so many different groups of Cherokees beginning in the 19th century. He cross-indexes population points reconstructed from the historical record with major events or important periods of change in Cherok...more