Angela Pulley Hudson’s long-anticipated second book illuminates the life and times of two fascinating antebellum figures who adopted the names Okah Tubee and Laah Ceil. These names may be familiar to scholars in various fields, including African American and Native American comparative histories, literature, or religion. They were born Warner McCary and Lucille (Lucy) Stanton, respectively, and Hudson writes about their adventures in an entertaining way within the context of the “long nineteenth century.”

Hudson’s work is based on McCary and Stanton’s 1848 memoir A Sketch of the Life of Okah Tubbee, Alias, William Chubee, Son of the Head Chief, Mosholeh Tubbee, of the Choctaw Nation of Indians. Several editions were printed throughout the 1850s. Daniel Littlefield republished the memoir in 1988 and wrote a brief introduction. Hudson answers many of the questions left unanswered by Littlefield.

As Hudson explains, the term native genius comes from a newspaper advertisement...

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