Our Land Before We Die
by Jeff Guinn
In "Our Land Before We Die," Jeff Guinn traces the little-known history of the runaway slaves who fled to the Florida Everglades to live alongside the Seminole Indians. Deeply rooted in tribal oral history, and based on extensive interviews with descendants, this book describes the incredible circumstances of a people who sought shelter in the shadow of a tribe whose land...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 13th 2005 by Tarcher
(first published 2002)
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An untold story of the Seminole Negros (or black Seminoles) of Florida who were dispossessed of their land in Florida when the Seminoles finally ended their war against the United States and agreed to accept land in Oklahoma. The Seminole Negros were not included in the deal. They were moved part of the way from Florida only to Texas. They were given no land in Oklahoma nor in Texas. Some of them were employed by the army in Texas as scouts (and promised land in exchange for their srvice) becaus...more
A fine read. I highly recommend it. It is the story of the Seminole Negroes--runaway slaves who went to Florida while it was owned by Spain and lived with the Seminole Indians. The US, of course, brought in its might and moved the Seminoles to what is now Oklahoma. Many of the Negroes went to Mexico, where they helped the Spanish and the Mexican fight the Indians and keep the Americans out. The Americans persuaded them to come back to Texas to help the US fight the Indians in the frontier. Most...more
Not that this isn't a good book and well worth reading, but eventually page after page of broken promises, lies, ill-treatment and impoverishment begin to wear the reader down. The truly great and heroic deeds are overshadowed by the unending tale of woe. I checked on the internet after finishing this book and was glad to see that the Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery Association is still active.
Jeff Guinn is the author of MANSON: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, THE LAST GUNFIGHT: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral And How It Changed the American West, and GO DOWN TOGETHER: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie & Clyde, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010. He was a longtime journalist who has won national, regional and state awards for investigative reporti...moreMore about Jeff Guinn...