Citizens Creek

Citizens Creek

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
Buying his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian wars, Cow Tom builds a remarkable life and legacy that is sustained by his courageous granddaughter.

Baker
& Taylor

Buying his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, Cow Tom builds a remarkable life and legacy that is sustained by his courageous granddaughter. By the best-selling author of Cane River and Red River. 35,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
The New York Times bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club Pick Cane River brings us the evocative story of a once-enslaved man who buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, and his granddaughter, who sustains his legacy of courage.

Cow Tom, born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his tenth birthday, possessed an extraordinary gift: the ability to master languages. As the new country developed westward, and Indians, settlers, and blacks came into constant contact, Cow Tom became a key translator for his Creek master and was hired out to US military generals. His talent earned him money—but would it also grant him freedom? And what would become of him and his family in the aftermath of the Civil War and the Indian Removal westward?

Cow Tom’s legacy lives on—especially in the courageous spirit of his granddaughter Rose. She rises to leadership of the family as they struggle against political and societal hostility intent on keeping blacks and Indians oppressed. But through it all, her grandfather’s indelible mark of courage inspires her—in mind, in spirit, and in a family legacy that never dies.

Written in two parts portraying the parallel lives of Cow Tom and Rose, Citizens Creek is a beautifully rendered novel that takes the reader deep into a little known chapter of American history. It is a breathtaking tale of identity, community, family—and above all, the power of an individual’s will to make a difference.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2014
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781476753034
Branch Call Number: FIC TAD
Characteristics: 420 p. :,col. maps ;,24 cm.

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Nightshade7206
Aug 25, 2017

I was easily pulled into this easy read. What an amazing tale that so many with roots in Oklahoma can relate too.

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3crystal
Oct 25, 2016

my 85year old father cried reading this book

cmlibrary_anickerson Feb 10, 2016

This was an absorbing tale of a little known story in American History. Powerful character development based on true events and told over the span of the 100 year history of a black family in the Creek Nation.

ChristchurchLib Dec 16, 2014

Born on an Alabama plantation in 1810 and sold to Creek Indian Chief Yargee shortly thereafter, Cow Tom - so called for his talents as hilis haya of the herd, a healer of cattle - also serves as his master's yatika, or interpreter, translating between the Mvskoke-speaking Creek and their Anglophone neighbors. Despite his relatively privileged status among the Creek, Tom yearns to be "paper-free," with a wife and family and land of his own. As in her previous novels, Cane River and Red River, author Lalita Tademy draws on aspects of her own family history to present a multi-generational, multicultural family saga that provides insight into lesser-known events in American history. Historical Fiction newsletter December 2014.

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