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Osceola, Patriot And Warrior
Introduction By Alex Haley, General Editor
The United States wanted the Seminoles out of Florida. Their removal would free Florida for white settlement. It would also protect slavery in the United States because runaway slaves had frequently escaped to Florida to live among the Seminoles.
The Seminoles, however, fought to keep their land and their freedom. They were joined by African Americans who were also fighting for their freedom. The two were allies in a War for Independence that wasn't much different from the one that had granted the United States its freedom fifty years earlier.
The story of Osceola and the Second Seminole War is a special tale of freedom. It is a story that shows us how much courage and determination is needed to begin a battle that might prove impossible to win. And it reminds us that those who have such courage and determination are true heroes. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
Osceola, Patriot And Warrior • Reviews
"Osceola, Patriot And Warrior portrays a Seminole leader's struggle to resist U.S. Army efforts to uproot his people from their Florida home and move them to the Arkansas Territory." - Cambium Learning.
"Not a scholarly work, but a good introduction to to the Seminole Wars. Osceola was in fact murdered but made to look like an alligator hunting accident as part of a deal between the U.S. government and the Seminoles. By staging a drowning accident involving an alligator hunting trip, the U.S. government would cease its war on the Seminoles while allowing those who planned and executed the murder to gain desired status within the tribe. This was confirmed by a Mikasuki historian at the Seminole Village education site on the Tamiami Trail in Florida." - School Library Journal.
"This is a good book except for young people but not scholars. I know a lot about the Seminole chief and put forward a theory on his death. I strongly believe Osceola escaped with the other chiefs while being held prisoner and that a deal was made between the U.S. government and select Seminoles that the Seminole war would stop if these fellow Seminoles took care of Osceola for the government. The government would back off allowing the Seminoles the dignity of not surrendering and being relocated while saving face of the U.S. government by concluding that Osceola died while in captivity." - Barnes & Noble Review.