The Story of John Ross, Chief of the Cherokees, 1828–1866

John M. Oskison
Edited and with an introduction by Lionel Larré

320 pages


June 2022


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About the Book

Unconquerable is John Milton Oskison’s biography of John Ross, written in the 1930s but unpublished until now. John Ross was principal chief of the Cherokees from 1828 to his death in 1866. Through the story of John Ross, Oskison also tells the story of the Cherokee Nation through some of its most dramatic events in the nineteenth century: the nation’s difficult struggle against Georgia, its forced removal on the Trail of Tears, its internal factionalism, the Civil War, and the reconstruction of the nation in Indian Territory west of the Mississippi.

Ross remains one of the most celebrated Cherokee heroes: his story is an integral part not only of Cherokee history but also of the history of Indian Territory and of the United States. With a critical introduction by noted Oskison scholar Lionel Larré, Unconquerable sheds light on the critical work of an author who deserves more attention from both the public and scholars of Native American studies.

Author Bio

John M. Oskison (1874–1947) was a prolific Cherokee author, journalist, and activist. He published short stories and essays on Indian life at the turn of the twentieth century, novels about life in the Indian Territory, and biographies of Tecumseh and Sam Houston. Lionel Larré is the president of Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is the author of several books and the editor of Oskison’s Tales of the Old Indian Territory and Essays on the Indian Condition (Nebraska, 2012).


Unconquerable helps us understand the career and contributions of a key figure in early twentieth-century Native American literature who is too often dismissed. Larré has become an authority on Oskison and his body of work, and this book further develops resources for those interested in this writer—and Cherokee and Oklahoma studies more broadly.”—Lindsey Claire Smith, author of Indians, Environment, and Identity on the Borders of American Literature: From Faulkner and Morrison to Walker and Silko

Unconquerable is important on a number of levels. It offers a welcome Cherokee perspective on John Ross and all of the crises he helped his nation negotiate. The editor makes it even more important by virtue of the introduction, which gives readers an opportunity to engage the politics of history writing.”—Daniel M. Cobb, author of Native Activism in Cold War America: The Struggle for Sovereignty

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The History of the Unconquerable manuscript, byLionel Larré
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27

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