Indian Lover: Sam Houston & the Cherokees

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Sam Houston was the Father of Texas, but before this incredible man became a United States Senator, before serving as Governor of Texas and congressman in the Texas House of Representatives, before being the first elected President of the Republic of Texas, Major General of the Texas Army, the 34 year old governor of Tennessee and U. S. Congressman from Tennessee, before all of it, a young Sam Houston was the adopted son of Cherokee Chief Oolooteka, and was give the name, "Coloneh" or Raven. For Sam, this bond was to last a lifetime and mark him as an .... Indian Lover.

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Jack Jackson is both one of America's most respected creators of comic art and an honored historian of his native state of Texas. Jackson is the author of four previous graphic novels about Texas history: Comanche Moon told the story of the famous Comanche leader Quanah Parker, and his mother, Cynthia Ann; Los Tejanos recounted the tragic story of Texas Republic patriot Juan Seguin; The Secret of San Saba was a visionary account of the massacre at Texas's Spanish colonial Mission at San Saba, and most recently, Lost Cause: John Wesley Hardin, The Taylor-Sutton Feud, and Reconstruction Texas. Jackson's graphic novels have been described by scholar and critic Joseph Witek, in Comic Books as History, as "narratives which aim at expanding both the historical consciousness of contemporary American culture and the bounds of what is possible in the sequential art medium." His other historical works include one of the most important works to date on early Texas ranching, Los Mesteos: Spanish Ranching in Texas, 1721 1821, winner of both the Tullis and Bates awards of the Texas State Historical Association for the best book of the year on Texas history, Long Shadows: Indian Leaders Standing in the Path of Manifest Destiny, 1600-1900 including both biographies and portraits by Jackson, Philip Nolan and Texas: Expeditions to the Unknown Land, 1791 1801 (with Maurine T. Wilson), the profusely illustrated Soldiers, Sutlers, and Settlers: Garrison Life on the Texas Frontier, and Tejano Journey, 1770-1850 (with Gerald Eugene Poyo). Jackson's award-winning work on Texas history has concentrated on the Spanish colonial era, and the subjects of borderlands ranching and mapping. Jackson's works of cartographic history include two heavily-illustrated recent works produced by The Book Club of Texas, Shooting the Sun Cartographic Results of Military Activities in Texas, 1689 1829 (two volumes) and Flags Along the Coast, Charting the Gulf of Mexico, 1519 1749: A Reappraisal; as well as the earlier works Mapping Texas and the Gulf Coast: The Contributions of Saint Denis, Olivn, and Le Maire (with Robert Weddle and Winston De Ville); and Imaginary Kingdom: Texas as Seen by the Rivera and Rub Expeditions 1727 and 1767 (with William C. Foster). Before beginning this groundbreaking series of historical graphic novels, Jackson was one of the founding fathers of the Underground Comix movement, publishing one of the first underground comic books and cofounding one of the first independent presses for underground comic books in San Francisco, as well serving as art director for The Family Dog, famous for psychedelic dance posters for the Avalon Ballroom. Jackson has received numerous fellowships, including at the Center for the History of Cartography of the Newberry Library, and awards, including being named a lifetime fellow of the Texas State Historical Association in 1991. He lives in Austin with his wife and son.

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Many Texans over a certain age will admit they first learned the history of Texas from a comic book. Cartoonist Jack Patton s "Texas History Movies," drawn for the Dallas Morning News in the 1920s and distributed in book form by the Magnolia Oil Co., acquainted at least three generations of schoolchildren with the rudiments of Texas past.

Half a century later, Austin cartoonist and historian Jack Jackson took the idea to dramatic new heights with a series of beautifully drawn and painstakingly researched "graphic albums" of Texas stories.

All were remarkable not only for being in comic-strip form, but for being thought-provoking works in their own right, using the experiences of individuals to illuminate sweeping vistas of Texas history. Jackson has used, for example, the stories of Comanche chief Quanah Parker to tell the saga of Texas last Indian war, Tejano patriot Juan Seguin to illustrate the Hispanic experience in the Texas revolution and republic, and outlaw John Wesley Hardin to convey the hardships of Reconstruction.

Now Jackson has released perhaps the handsomest and most comprehensive of his comic-strip tales, "Indian Lover: Sam Houston and the Cherokees." An account of Houston s lifelong relationship with the Indian tribe that adopted him, the book powerfully portrays the complex and ultimately tragic story of Texas early relations with its native tribes. Starkly outlined against the cynical destruction of the Indians is Houston s lonely courage in trying to protect and accommodate the tribes in a Texas rapidly filling with land-hungry Anglos.

Jack Jackson s multiple talents have ranged from drawing Armadillo World Headquarters posters to writing serious works. His "graphic albums" distill these talents into a fascinating mix of grippingly told history, of which "Indian Lover" is easily the most monumental to date. Ben Sargent is editorial cartoonist for the Austin American-Statesman. -- Austin-American Statesman, November 7, 1999

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