Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-341) and index.
1. On the Run in Antebellum Indian Territory -- 2. Day-to-Day Resistance to the Peculiar Institution and the Struggle to Remain Free in the Antebellum Cherokee Nation -- 3. Conceptualizing and Constructing African Indian Racial and Cultural Identities in Antebellum Indian Territory -- 4. Trapped in the Turmoil: A Divided Cherokee Nation and the Plight of Enslaved African Cherokees during the Civil War Era -- 5. Cherokee Freedpeople's Struggle for Recognition and Rights during Reconstruction -- 6. Contested Common Ground: Landownership, Race Politics, and Segregation on the Eve of Statehood -- Appendix. Treaty with the Cherokee Nation, 1866.