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Author Kelton, Paul, author.

Title Cherokee medicine, colonial germs : an indigenous nation's fight against smallpox, 1518-1824 / Paul Kelton.

Publication Info. Norman, Oklahoma : University of Oklahoma Press, [2015]

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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 281 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series New directions in Native American studies series ; volume 11
New directions in Native American studies ; v. 11.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Arrival -- Response -- War -- Revolution -- Vaccine.
Summary "How smallpox, or Variola, caused widespread devastation during the European colonization of the Americas is a well-known story. But as historian Paul Kelton informs us, that's precisely what it is: a convenient story. In Cherokee Medicine, Colonial Germs Kelton challenges the "virgin soil thesis," or the widely held belief that Natives' lack of immunities and their inept healers were responsible for their downfall. Eschewing the metaphors and hyperbole routinely associated with the impact of smallpox, he firmly shifts the focus to the root cause of indigenous suffering and depopulation--colonialism writ large; not disease."--Jacket.
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Subject Cherokee Indians -- Diseases -- History.
Smallpox -- Southern States -- History.
Cherokee Indians -- Medicine -- History.
Cherokee Indians -- Colonization -- Health aspects -- History.
Smallpox vaccine -- Southern States -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Kelton, Paul. Cherokee medicine, colonial germs. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2015] 9780806146881 (DLC) 2014030514 (OCoLC)890436715
ISBN 9780806149301 (electronic bk.)
0806149302 (electronic bk.)