On the Mysterious 1831 Cherokee Manuscript or Jisdu Fixes John Locke’s Two Treatises of Civil Government

Brian Burkhart

Abstract


This article imagines that the Cherokee Rabbit Trickster, Jisdu, got his hands on the orginal manuscript of John Locke's Two Treatises on Civil Government.  What is presented here is Jisdu's rewritting and reimaging from with a Cherokee context the ideas of Locke's foundational work on popular sovereignty and private property.

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Native American, Cherokee, John Locke, Trickster, Red Reading

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