Why this book?
In Angie Debo’s classic book And Still the Water Runs, the tragic history of the forced removal of the Five Civilized Tribes which consist of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole nations is well visualized in words by Debo. Due to the murderous overthrow of the tribal ways of life, Europeans forced the Five Civilized Tribes off their land in the Southeast region to settle in Indian Territory (what is now known as the state of Oklahoma). The depiction of the tribes' fight for their land, the deadly trek of the Trail of Tears, to the foreseen dispossession of the tribe’s land in Oklahoma by the U.S. government is a heart-breaking synopsis which Debo captures passionately in a visually impactful manner.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Debo's classic work tells the tragic story of the spoliation of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole nations at the turn of the last century in what is now the state of Oklahoma. After their earlier forced removal from traditional lands in the southeastern states--culminating in the devastating 'trail of tears' march of the Cherokees--these five so-called Civilized Tribes held federal land grants in perpetuity, or "as long as the waters run, as long as the grass grows." Yet after passage of the Dawes Act in 1887, the land was purchased back from the tribes, whose members were then…