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Legacy of Betrayal: A Trans-Atlantic Comparison of the Cherokee Removal and the Highland Clearances


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Legacy of Betrayal: A Trans-Atlantic Comparison of the Cherokee Removal and the Highland Clearances

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dc.contributor.author Brown, Lisa
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-03T16:58:58Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-14T10:00:08Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-03
dc.date.submitted May 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20807
dc.description.abstract In my work I offer a comparative study of the removal experiences of the Cherokees of Georgia and the Sutherland Gaels in the Highlands of Scotland. Examining the effects of colonialism and cultural imperialism on indigenous populations, the following examines the ways in these peoples mediated their colonial experiences through their own cultural mores, how the removals were carried out, and the resultant impact on these indigenes. The following focuses largely on the role of acculturation, or assimilation, of the elite into the colonizing society’s values and life ways, and how this led to a growing distance between the chiefs and commoners of Gaelic and Cherokee societies. In turn, this increasing distance and loss of traditional obligation between chief and clan informed and influenced the role that these indigenous elite played in the ultimate dislocation of their people. In the case of the Cherokee Removal, many monographs provide a dichotomized examination of the events leading up to and surpassing removal from the Southeast; many authors favor either the pro removal or anti removal parties and consequently demonize the opposing party. This work attempts to provide a more balanced representation, offering insight into the reasoning behind each party’s stance. Additionally, in regard to the Highland Clearances, the events have been represented as the inevitable result of industrialization and modernization or the cultural genocide of the Highland Gaels. Focusing largely on the Sutherland region, this work offers an examination of the Gaelic elites’ reasoning behind the massive removals of Gaels from the inland regions of Sutherland, and the reaction of the average Highlander to this loss of protection and parental interest from their chiefs. This work adds to the growing body of literature in the ethnohistorical examination of Celts and Native Americans and in this way shows the universality of colonialism and its effects on indigenous populations, which is vital to the understanding of history and equally as relevant in today’s modern world. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship University of New Mexico Center for Regional Studies en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Cherokee Removal and Highland Clearances en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Land tenure -- Scotland -- Highlands
dc.subject.lcsh Highlands (Scotland) -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Cherokee Indians -- Relocation
dc.title Legacy of Betrayal: A Trans-Atlantic Comparison of the Cherokee Removal and the Highland Clearances en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree History en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of History en_US
dc.description.advisor Connell-Szasz, Margaret
dc.description.committee-member Gauderman, Kimberly
dc.description.committee-member Steen, Charlie
dc.description.committee-member Calloway, Colin
emb.embargo.terms 2014-05-14

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