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Michael M. Black has completed Mr. Taylor Goes to Washington. Determination, deception, pathos, politics, greed, and corruption come together to place the story of the Taylor family among the most interesting in United States History. The Taylors fought for three generations to advocate for the Cherokee Nation and to gain what they believed to be rightfully theirs as the descendants of Cherokee Indians. The story begins with David Taylor, a white man, who on September 11, 1817 married Mary Ann "Polly" Bigby, a one-half blooded Cherokee Indian. They had nine children. Taylor believed he was due money and land from the US government by treaty because he was married to a Cherokee. He set out to get what he thought was rightfully his, and that fight continued through three generations of descendants. It included dealings with congressmen, high government officials, litigation in the US Supreme Court, and appeals that reached the president of the United States. In the process of this fight, David Taylor and his son James became relentless and effective advocates for the Cherokee Nation. This book is primarily a collection of source documents about James Taylor (1821-1907), his father David Taylor (1791-1877), and other Taylor relatives. Each chapter contains a brief introduction followed by documents selected to provide the reader with an understanding of the extent to which James Taylor was involved in Washington politics. This book is privately printed for my family; however, should you have a special connection to or interest in the Taylor family and would like to purchase a copy, please contact me at mmb05s [at] my.fsu.edu

Michael M. Black, a native of Valdosta, Georgia, attended Valdosta State University where he earned a BBA in Finance, a Master's Degree in Higher Education Leadership, and a second Master's Degree in Instructional Technology; he completed his doctoral degree at the Florida State University majoring in Higher Education Administration.  His academic interests include higher education finance, multiculturalism, auxiliary services, instructional technology, accreditation as it relates to business affairs, and higher education history.  These interests and experiences inspired him to write his first work, a historical reference book titled A Mosaic of People and Events in the History of Valdosta State University's Business Operations, 1906 to 2006.  His second book Sincerely, Frank; Frank R. Reade: Professor, President, and Camp Director, a brief account of the life and career of our institution's third president, was completed in 2008.  Dear Sister: 46 Letters by Dale Family Siblings in Middlemore's Children's Emigration Homes with Supporting Documentation was also completed in 2008.He has traveled throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Central America.  His principal hobby is genealogy.  He works in the field of higher education accreditation, planning, and policy.

updated June 22, 2016