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A brutal reckoning : Andrew Jackson, the Creek Indians, and the epic war for the American South  Cover Image Book Book

A brutal reckoning : Andrew Jackson, the Creek Indians, and the epic war for the American South / Peter Cozzens.


The Creek War is one of the most tragic episodes in American history, leading to the greatest loss of Native American life on what is now U.S. soil. What began as a vicious internal conflict among the Creek Indians metastasized like a cancer. The ensuing Creek War of 1813-1814 shattered Native American control of the Deep South and led to the infamous Trail of Tears, in which the government forcibly removed the southeastern Indians from their homeland. The war also gave Andrew Jackson his first combat leadership role, and his newfound popularity after defeating the Creeks would set him on the path to the White House.In A Brutal Reckoning, Peter Cozzens vividly captures the young Jackson, describing a brilliant but harsh military commander with unbridled ambition, a taste for cruelty, and a fraught sense of honor and duty. Jackson would not have won the war without the help of Native American allies, yet he denied their role and even insisted on their displacement, together with all the Indians of the American South in the Trail of Tears. A conflict involving not only white Americans and Native Americans, but also the British and the Spanish, the Creek War opened the Deep South to the Cotton Kingdom, setting the stage for the American Civil War yet to come. No other single Indian conflict had such significant impact on the fate of America—and A Brutal Reckoning is the definitive book on this forgotten chapter in our history. -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525659457
  • ISBN: 0525659455
  • Physical Description: xxii, 434 pages : maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2023]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
From the ashes of the Entrada -- A rope of sand -- Between three fires -- The sweets of civilization -- The hungry years -- Rise of the Red Sticks -- Civil war -- Stark mad -- Terror in the Tensaw -- The emergency of Old Hickory -- Invasion of the Tennesseans -- The Red Sticks resilient -- All we lack is powder and lead -- Tennesseans to the rear -- Jackson courts disaster -- A slow, laborious slaughter -- An elusive peace -- Betrayal at Fort Jackson -- A scalp for a scalp -- Shades of genocide.
Subject: Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845 > Military leadership.
Creek War, 1813-1814.
Creek War, 1813-1814 > Campaigns.
Creek Indians > Southern States > History > 19th century.
Creek Indians > Southern States > History.
Indians, Treatment of > Southern States.
United States > Territorial expansion.
Genre: Informational works.

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  • 6 of 13 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 2 current holds with 13 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 973.5 COZZENS 2023 (Text) 0001012514165 Nonfiction New Reshelving -

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