In this blog post, Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora makes a case for Hollywood to put the Anglo-Cherokee War on the big screen. He asserts that a film depiction could promote a more accurate understanding of Native Americans, offer a realistic, nuanced view of race relations in the 18th century, clarify southeastern origins of the American Revolution, and bolster interest in historical sites.

Tortora says this is a story made for Hollywood: “Cultures clash. Alliances are made and broken. Lives are torn apart. Real people face difficult choices. There’s love. There’s drama. There’s heartache.”

Tortora is the author of Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763, to be published May 25 by the University of North Carolina Press.