The expanding American frontier in the late 1800s created a battleground on which white and Indian cultures inevitably clashed. Slowly and inexorably the Native Americans were pushed from their land and stripped of their birthright.
This engrossing volume documents the lives of the last Cherokee warriors—Ned Christie and Ezekiel Proctor—two angry men who struggled against the tide of history and the power of the United States government in an effort to slow the encroaching whites and preserve the Cherokee heritage.
About the Author
The late Phillip Steele, who spent years reconstructing the elusive history of these men and their turbulent era, provided some revealing insights into these questions and brought to life two of the most colorful personalities ever to ride the Oklahoma-Arkansas frontier.
An authority on Ozark history and culture, Steele had written widely on these subjects in newspapers and magazines. A business executive in Springdale, Arkansas, he assembled an outstanding collection of artifacts, folklore, and folk music from the Ozark region.
Steele was the author of several books on the Ozarks and the Wild West including Ozark Tales and Superstitions, Civil War in the Ozarks, and Jesse and Frank James: The Family History, all published by Pelican.
Phillip W. Steele passed away on November 8, 2007.