Creek Mary's Blood

by Dee Brown

Hardcover, 1980

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Holt Rinehart & Winston (1980), 433 pages


The New York Times-bestselling saga of Creek Indian Mary Musgrove and her descendants, whose lives parallel the American story through two centuries.   In Creek Mary's Blood, Dee Brown fictionalizes the astonishing true story of Mary Musgrove--born in 1700 to a Creek tribal chief--and five generations of her family. By tracing her struggles with colonists in Georgia, and then the lives of her two sons (one born to a white trader and the other to a Cherokee warrior), Brown's novel creates a gripping panorama of the American Indian experience in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His narrative spans colonial rebellion, the Trail of Tears, and the Civil War--in which Mary's descendants fought on both sides of the conflict. Rich with historical detail and human drama, this is a novel filled with "dark, inexorable energy" by the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author's personal collection.… (more)

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New Yorker Vol. 56 Issue 7, p149

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LibraryThing member DinadansFriend
A study of the arc of the Creek nation, from the expulsion in the 1820's to the 1890's with an upbeat ending. Dee Brown is a better historian than a novelist, in my opinion.
LibraryThing member Alphawoman
I am astonished at the light hand Dee Brown is handling this sweeping saga of the American Indians. It could be told in a different way condemning the treatment, heavily doused in bitterness and judgement. But that is not this novel. It allows you to make your own conclusions while becoming
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familiar with the large cast of characters.

I must admit the story picked up for me after the Trail of Tears and resumed in the Plains, west of the Mississippi.
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