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Uploaded on Aug 1, 2011
Historian Malinda Lowery analyzes an 1833 record from the Cherokee Nation's Supreme Court to untangle a complicated story of identity, legal authority, slavery, and the Cherokee Law of Blood. Lowery models several historical thinking skills, including: close reading of the court document to piece together the story from the names and individuals mentioned; drawing on prior knowledge of life in the early 19th-century, cultural contact, and the Cherokee Nation; and placing the court case within a larger context of racial identity, slavery, and relations between American Indians and the U.S. government.