The Colonial Carolina Frontier: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves

Jun 1, 2020

Early map of Virginia and the Carolinas
Credit North Carolina State Archives

​In his book, Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756 - 1763, (2015, UNC Press) Dr. Daniel J. Tortora, assistant professor of history at Colby College, explores how the Anglo-Cherokee War reshaped the political and cultural landscape of the colonial South. Tortora joins Walter Edgar for a discussion of these events in one of a a series of public conversations, “Conversations on Colonial and Revolutionary South Carolina.”

 The series was presented in 2016 by the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences.

In their discussion, Dr. Tortora argues that the political and military success of the Cherokees led colonists to a greater fear of slave resistance and revolt and ultimately nurtured South Carolinians' rising interest in the movement for independence.

- Originally broadcast 02/19/16 -

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