Historical sketch of the cherokee book read reviews from worlds largest community for readers when james mooney lived with and studied the cherokee be. When james mooney lived with and studied the cherokee between 1887 and 1900 they were the largest and most important indian tribe in the united states his dispassionate account of their history from the time of their first contact with whites until the end of the nineteenth century is more than a sequence of battles won and lost treaties signed and broken towns destroyed and people massacred. In these respects the history of the cherokee epitomizes the experience of most native americans the cherokee nation ceased to exist as a political entity seven years after the initial study was done when oklahoma became a state. The cherokee nation ceased to exist as a political entity seven years after the initial study was done when oklahoma became a statein the introduction to the original publication of this history in 1900 james mooney commented that there is change indeed in dress and outward seeming but the heart of the indian is still his own. Historical sketch of the cherokee is regarded as sound scholarly work on a leading indian tribe and esteemed as a basic source on cherokee history arrell morgan gibson the journal of southern history the illustrious james mooney prepared his historical sketch of the cherokee
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