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Fit for WarSustenance and Order in the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Catawba Nation$
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Mary Elizabeth Fitts

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400059

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400059.001.0001

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Fit for War

Mary Elizabeth Fitts

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the implications of the artifact patterns and historic accounts described in previous chapters, particularly with regard to the relationships among Catawba militarism, population aggregation, and food security. A potential link between Catawba dietary stress in the late 1750s and the severity of a small pox epidemic that ravaged the Nation Ford communities at the end of the decade is considered with reference to the concept of structural violence. The challenges faced by members of the Catawba Nation during the first half of the eighteenth century exemplify the double-edged nature of strategies available to American Indian groups seeking to maintain political autonomy in early colonial period contexts.

Keywords:   Small pox epidemic, Structural violence, American Indian political autonomy

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