"“Histories of modern American Indian groups are rarely successful. They tend to be apologetic, chauvinistic, or deeply anthropological. The Only Land I Know is a refreshing counter to the above complaints. . . . Intelligently written and readable. . . . More books of this kind are needed.”"—North Carolina Historical Review
This is the standard history of the Lumbee Indian people of southwestern North Carolina, the largest Indian community in population east of the Mississippi. Dial and Eliades trace the history of this group through 1974. Among the subjects covered are the Lumbee during the colonial period and the revolutionary War; the Lowrie war; the infamous Lowrie Band of the Civil War; the development of the Lumbee educational system; Lumbee folklore; and the modern Lumbee
Adolph L. Dial is professor emeritus of history at Pembroke State University, a past chair of the department, and because of his loving involvement in trying to gain federal recognition for his people, he was awarded the Henry Berry Lowry Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Lumbee community.
David K. Eliades is professor and chair of the Department of History at Pembroke State University. He was named the first Distinguished Professor in the history of Pembroke State University.