Monday, April 22, 2013
Nancy Ward, Peacemaker and Activist
Nancy Ward by Jill
Nancy Ward may be considered a traitor by the Cherokee people, but her decision to warn
colonists of a Cherokee attack may have changed the course of history. Nancy Ward was a
peaceful woman. She wanted to bring peace to her tribe and the settlers, but how could you do
both at the same time?
Ward was born into a powerful Cherokee family. She was born in 1738. Ward
lived in what is now eastern Tennessee. Her mother was the head of the family and her uncle was
a Cherokee chief. Ward worked for peace between the Cherokee and the settlers during the
Revolutionary War. Ward freed two prisoners to warn the settlers that the Cherokee were going
to attack. She told the Cherokee war council that the only way to survive was through peace.
She freed Lydia Bean, a prisoner, and let her stay at her house until it was safe to go
After the Revolutionary War, Nancy Ward continued to work for peace. The
Cherokee were going to attack the settlers again, so she met with the Cherokee leaders to
bring peace between Cherokee and the Settlers. After she met with the Cherokee leaders,
the Cherokee never attacked the Settlers. Nancy Ward also made public speeches to
inform people about peace.
Ward tried her hardest to make peace during and after the Revolutionary
War. She played a big role during and after the war. She freed prisoners, made speeches,
and warned the settlers. She was a woman who never stop reaching for her goal.