This analysis examines writings left behind by missionaries living among the Cherokees in the early nineteenth century to tease out the missionary perceptions of their Indigenous neighbors. This approach includes a heavy emphasis on decoding the white lexicon employed to discuss Native Americans to elucidate the broader cultural/racial intellectualism of the time. The utilization of this approach deconstructs a conventional “friend or foe” binary viewpoint of the missionaries, conversely constructing a greater complexity within the interracial and intercultural dynamics of the Early Republic, thereby providing a more layered and broader understanding of early America and, by extension, America overall.
Nosti, Andrew C.
"Helpers in a "Heathen" Land?: An Examination of Missionary Perceptions of the Cherokees,"
The Gettysburg Historical Journal: Vol. 16
, Article 8.
Available at: http://cupola.gettysburg.edu/ghj/vol16/iss1/8