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"A blockbuster . . . [and] a vibrant and exciting history of John Horse and his followers.  From the swamps and savannas of Florida to the Indian territory, on to Mexico and finally Texas, these people stood tall in their fight for freedom and dignity.  This is a story that has long needed to be told, written in a thought-provoking and sympathetic manner."--Edwin C. Bearss ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published September 14th 1996 by University Press of Florida
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Theophilus (Theo)
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. From the birth of John Horse in Florida until 56 years after his death in Mexico, this is the little-known story of the African people who resisted the brutal slavery of the American Sout. People who fought along side, and sometimes on their own against the American army and their Indian allies for their freedom and land they could call their own, for themselves and their descendants. Their story caries them through the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Seminole Wars (the longest guerilla war in Ameri ...more
James Jordan
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A further homage to Black History Month
Review of The Black Seminoles:
Authored by Kenneth W. Porter
Reviewed by James Victor Jordan

A history of a freedom seeking people


In the late 1700s and early 1800s African slaves in Georgia often escaped, making their way to Florida where they taken in by Seminole tribes, becoming ostensibly Seminole slaves. It was not a master-slave relationship as the Africans had endured in the United States. The relationship was more symbiotic: the slaves and the Seminole
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Kim
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
An incredible history told via the story if one man: John Horse. The history is pieced together from military records do most of the book, especially the early part is good through the lens of the military. Nevertheless, this has to be one of the most incredible stories in US history and deserves to be more well known.
Nick Arnold
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
A rather dry academic history of a remarkable peoples' origins and migrations throughout the 19th century. Occassionally reads like a list of various skirmishes as the Black Seminoles fought against and then with the US army
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