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Osceola, Patriot And Warrior
Osceola, Patriot And Warrior
(Moses Jumper, Ben Sonder, Alex Haley, Patrick Soper)

Osceola, Patriot And WarriorOsceola, Patriot And Warrior (October 1992)
Osceola, Patriot And Warrior describes the struggle of Seminole chief and warrior Osceola to save his people from being forced off their land in Florida by the United States government.
In the 1830s, the United States government wants the Seminole Indians of Florida to abandon their homes to move to the Arkansas Territory. Not willing to give up their land, Osceola leads the Seminoles in defending their homes and freedom.
The name "Seminole" translates to free people. It evolved from the Spanish word, "cimmarónes," which means wild or untamed. It is an appropriate name for this amalgamation of people who shared a common desire to be free of domination.
"Osceola, Patriot And Warrior is one of two books in the Stories of America series completed after the death of Alex Haley in February 1992. Despite his involvement in a number of other projects, Mr. Haley. found the time to guide the formation of the Stories of America.
"As General Editor, he provided editorial direction through all stages of book development. And for each of the 26 books completed prior to his death, he wrote a special introduction.
"Alex Haley was an inspiration to all of us involved in the project. We did our best to carry on in his spirit. We hope that readers will find evidence of Alex Haley's influence on these pages, just as we felt his influence while completing them. The Stories of America series is Alex Haley's contribution to the education of America's young people. This book is respectfully dedicated to his memory." ~ The Editors.
Alex Haley, as General Editor, wrote the following introduction:
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.

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